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Police Narcotics Bureau officers further remanded

 

The 13 officers of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) who were arrested for their alleged links with drug dealers have been further remanded.

They were ordered to be remanded until 12 October when the case was taken up before Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday (28).

However, the suspects were not produced before the court on Monday due to Covid-19 precautions.

Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris, appearing on behalf of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), told the court that a suspect named “Manju” was arrested and is being interrogated under detention orders in connection with the case of the 13 PNB officers in question for allegedly smuggling 130 kg of heroin from Matara to Balapitiya.

The Deputy Solicitor General informed the court that two pistols and two T-56 assault rifles were found following the investigations into the suspect.

One of the pistols was a firearm issued by the Sri Lanka Army to the security forces headquarters in Jaffna on 31 December 1996, the Deputy Solicitor General added.

The Deputy Solicitor General further pointed out that a serious question now arises as to how a firearm belonging to the Army came to be among the underworld members. He added that further investigations are needed to be carried out to determine to which officer the Army had issued the firearm.

Attorney-at-Law Ajith Pathirana, representing the defendants, requested permission from the court to make further submissions regarding his request to release the suspects on a bond.

Accordingly, the Magistrate ordered that the relevant submissions be made on 7 October and further remanded the suspects until 12 October.