A report has been ordered on the progress of investigations into the alleged abduction of a Ghanaian barrister Francis, who works at the Swiss Embassy in Colombo.
Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today (08) ordered the CID to produce him on November 05.
The suspect, Ganiya Barrister Francis, who was released on bail, appeared in court when the complaint was called today.
CID officials told the court that the 607-hour CCTV footage of the investigation had been sent to the Government Analyst for analysis and that it would take about 10 months to submit the full report. The investigator also said he had been notified.
Responding to a question raised by the Magistrate, the CCTV footage showed the suspect visiting the house of a teacher in Palmyra, Bambalapitiya on the day of the abduction and then returning to her home in Maligakanda via Galle Road. .
Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne pointed out to the officers of the CID that only the videos which are very important for the investigation should be analyzed and reports should be obtained.
Accordingly, the Magistrate ordered the CID to take steps to analyze only the videos belonging to the period between 14:30 and 18.30 on the 25th of November and call for reports.
Attorney-at-Law Upul Kumarapperuma, appearing for the suspect, told the court that the CCTV footage of the abduction, which took place about a week before the abduction, should be sent to the Government Analyst for analysis and a report should be called.
The Magistrate then asked the Defendant’s Counsel why he was making such a request. Requests should be made at the next court date along with the required data.