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Court of Appeal to hear Cardinal’s writ petition on March 05

The Court of Appeal decided to hear a writ petition filed by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith seeking an order directing security forces to conduct a formal inquiry into an incident of importing some 6,000 swords, on March 5.

The formal inquiry is to be launched into the alleged importation of around 6,000 swords by a group of people during the period leading up to the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

On the day, the Court of Appeal is to issue notices to IGP CD Wickramaratne and other security chiefs named as respondents in the petition.

The notice was issued by a bench of Justices comprising of Arjuna Obeysekera and Mayadunne Corea.

President’s Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena, appearing for the Cardinal, said that information had been received that about 6,000 swords had been imported into the country before the terrorist attack on Easter Sunday.