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Accused in Trincomalee Student killing case acquitted

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Trincomalee Chief Magistrate M.M.Mohamed has acquitted the thirteen accused including STF and Police personnel who had been charged with the killing of five students in Trincomalee.

They were charged by the CID under Section 296 of the Penal Code for committing the murder of Monoharan Rajiharan, Yogarajah Hemachandra, Lohitha Raja Rohan, Thangadorai Sivanathan and Sammugarajah Gajendran by shooting near the Gandhi roundabout on January 2, 2006 and attempted murder of three others under Section 300 of the Penal Code read with section 32.

The CID had submitted seven productions to court in this connection and named 36 witnesses. Eight witnesses failed to appear in court and of them the fourth witness and eighth witness were absent as they had migrated to Switzerland and UK.

Additional Solicitor General Dilantha Rathnayake prosecuted.

Attorneys-at-Law Dhanushka Madagedara and S.Chandrasiri appeared for the defence.


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