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AG tells PCoI it has no jurisdiction over court cases

The Attorney General’s (AG) Department has informed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing political persecution, that the Commission had no jurisdiction over cases handled by the AG.

The three-member PCoI, yesterday(28), instructed the AG to suspend cases against former Naval Media Spokesperson Commodore DKP Dassanayake and former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda.

Dassanayake, Karannagoda and 12 others were charged with the abduction and disappearance of eleven youths in Colombo and its suburbs in 2008 and 2009.

The President had issued an Extraordinary Gazette notification on 9th January announcing the appointment of the Commission with immediate effect.

The three-member Presidential Commission will look into alleged political victimization of public servants during the period from January 8, 2015 to November 16, 2019.