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Intelligence officers charged in the Eknaligoda case released on bail

Nine Army intelligence officers have been indicted on charges of abducting journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda and were released on previous bail by the Colombo High Court today.

The case was taken up before a three-judge bench comprising Sampath Abhayakoon, Sampath Wijeyeratne and Gihan Kulatunga.

The indictments filed by the Attorney General were handed over to the accused and they were later released on bail.

The Court suspended the defendants’ foriegn travels and ordered them to submit their passports to the court within a week.

The three-member panel of judges later ordered that the defendant’s fingerprints be summoned and a report filed.

Thereafter, the case was fixed for December 18.

Nine officials including Lieutenant Colonel Shammi Kumararathna, Commanding Officer of the Giritale Army Camp, has been named as defendants in the case.

The Attorney General has filed charges against the defendants under the Penal Code, on or near the 25th of January 2010, in the Giritale, Habarana and Kottawa areas, accused of abduction and death of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda with the intention of secretly imprisoning the accused along with other unidentified persons.

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