The Colombo Special High Court yesterday re-issued the open warrant for the arrest of former senior LTTE leader Emil Kanthan, wanted in connection with the attempted murder of former Minister Douglas Devananda.
At a previous occasion, the Court temporally recalled the open warrant issued on former North and Eastern Provinces LTTE Financial Head Emil Kanthan, enabling him to surrender before Courts.
Emil Kanthan, the second accused in the case was not present in Court yesterday although his counsel undertook to facilitate his surrender before Courts at the previous hearing.
While ordering to re-issue the open warrant on the accused, Colombo Special High Court Commissioner Judge Irangani Perera observed that the accused had failed to surrender in Courts although it had given him a sufficient time period do so.
Commissioner Judge Irangani Perera further observed that the warrant against the accused would not be a barrier for him to surrender to Courts.
State Counsel Ms. Nayomi Wickremasekara who appeared for the Attorney General’s Department informed Court that the warrant against the accused cannot be re-called further and the Attorney General was objecting to any move by the defence to recall the warrant.
Counsel Laksman Perera appearing on behalf of Emil Kanthan informed Court that his client could not return to the country due to Colombo Fort Magistrate’s refusal to recall a warrant against him.
Meanwhile, the fourth, thirteenth and fourteenth accused informed Court that they were willing to plead guilty to the charges. The matter will be taken up again on May 18.
Emil Kanthan is said to be the former North and Eastern Provinces LTTE Financial Head and he had been named as an accused in connection with the attempted murder of former Minister Douglas Devananda in 1998.
The name of Emil Kanthan transpired during the magisterial inquiry into the controversial RADA case.