Duminda To Return Next Month
By Indika Sri Aravinda
Government MP Duminda Silva is scheduled to return to Sri Lanka next month, his coordinating secretary told The Sunday Leader.
A. Hewavithrana said that Silva is expected to return on July 15 and will later resume his political career.
Silva is a key suspect in the assassination of former Presidential Advisor Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra.
Hewavithrana said that Silva, who is in Singapore, underwent a successful operation on May 19 and his medical condition has improved.
“His memory is good and he is fit enough to resume his political career,” Hewavithrana said.
He also said that public support is now being gathered for Silva’s political career which was at a standstill following the shooting incident last October.
Silva sustained head injuries in the shooting incident which killed Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra. Silva was later accused of killing Premachandra.
Premachandra’s driver had given a statement to the police saying it was MP Duminda Silva who had been responsible for the fatal incident in Kolonnawa on election day in October.
According to him, the MP had alighted from his vehicle armed with a pistol, shouted filthy words, came to Bharatha Lakshman and bodily attacked him.
After the presidential advisor had fallen to the ground, a man with parliamentarian Silva shot him in the leg with a T-56 rifle.
Then, someone shouted saying, ‘shoot him in the head’ and shots were fired at him repeatedly, said the driver, who is the sole survivor in the group that had accompanied Bharatha Lakshman.
When two of his bodyguards attempted to take him behind a jeep, MP Silva’s men shot them too.
According to police investigations, the presidential advisor’s bodyguards too, had fired shots, which had resulted in parliamentarian Silva sustaining serious injuries.
Colombo Additional Magistrate Prasanna Alwis had in November ordered the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to arrest Silva.
Silva had to undergo surgery on his brain in April at a hospital in Singapore, where he currently is warded.
Duminda Silva’s father had also sent a sworn affidavit to court in which he confirmed that his son had to undergo another operation at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. Silva was admitted to this private hospital in November 2011 and has remained there ever since. A Court had said last month that there was no need to issue an arrest warrant on Duminda Silva.
Colombo Magistrate Prasanna Alwis had made this statement when the case involving the murder of Presidential Advisor Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra and three others on October 8, 2011 was taken up for hearing. The lawyer appearing for the suspects had said that Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra’s daughter, Hirunika Premachandra was claiming that there were threats to her life in order to prevent bail being granted to the suspects. However, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had informed the court that an investigation is being carried out into the death threats.