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* Scottish engineer James Casserly faces counter-claim of assault in brawl with Malaka Silva

Aug 26 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court Thursday has ruled that Scottish engineer James Casserly is also a defendant in the case of assault against the son of former minister Mervyn Silva during a brawl in 2014.
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* Suleiman's killing: PM wants report on police probe

Aug 26 (DM) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has requested Law Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake to submit a report to him on the way the police conducted the investigation of the abduction and killing of millionaire Mohamed Suleiman, sources said yesterday.
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* Minister Rishad Bathiudeen sends Letter of Demand to local newspaper for Rs. 1 billion over 'false' report

Aug 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen has instructed his lawyers to send a Letter of Demand for Rs one billion to the Sinhala language newspaper Lankadeepa over publication of a "fabricated and false" report.
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* Five businessmen barred from leaving the country over millionaire businessman's murder

Aug 25 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today has issued an interim injunction barring five businessmen from leaving the country in connection with the murder of millionaire businessman Mohamed Suleiman.
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* Abducted billionaire businessman in Sri Lanka found murdered

Aug 25 (CP) Colombo- A young billionaire businessman abducted earlier this week from capital Colombo was found murdered, the police said. The body of the businessmen abducted from Bambalapitiya was found in Rukulagama area of Mawanella, about 100 kilometers northeast of Colombo.
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* CID told to take action against elephant racketeers

Aug 25 (DN) The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had been instructed to take legal action against those Wildlife Department officers who are involved in elephant rackets, Sustainable Development and Wildlife Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera said yesterday.
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* Colombo Defence Seminar 2016 not the forum to address accountability issues

Aug 26 (Island) Army Chief Lt. Gen. Crishanthe De Silva yesterday emphasized that they had responded to war time accountability issues on many occasions. The Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has called for comprehensive war crimes probe on the basis of an external investigation conducted in accordance with a US sponsored resolution.
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Aug 26 (DN) The post-mortem conducted on the body of millionaire businessman Mohammed Sulaiman, 29, of Kotelawala Avenue, Bambalapitiya yesterday revealed that he died after being struck on his head, above the left ear, within an hour of abduction.
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* Sri Lanka armed forces annual joint field exercise Cormorant Strike to commence on September 3

Aug 25 (CP) Colombo- The three-week long joint military exercise involving thousands of Sri Lankan armed forces personnel and representatives from foreign countries will commence on Saturday, September 3, for the seventh consecutive year, the Army said.
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* Five Sri Lankans drowned in Camber Sands seas in East Sussex identified

Aug 25 (CP) London- Five Sri Lankan men from Greater London area have drowned in the sea off Camber Sands in East Sussex on Wednesday, when they were caught in the high tide, British media reported. The five men including two brothers have been identified as Nitharsan Ravi, 22, Inthushan Srim, 23, Kobi Nathan, 22, Ken Nathan, 19, and Kurushanth Anna, 27.
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* Victims of Sri Lanka's brutal civil war unwilling to provide crucial testimony to war crimes court

Aug 25 (ABC) Civilians who fled to Australia during the Sri Lankan civil war may never have their crucial testimonies heard in a war crimes court. Australia is home to thousands of Sri Lankan refugees who were victims of, or witnessed, potential war crimes in the final stages of the brutal civil war.
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* Judge wants Supreme Court order in respect of Tiran Alles clarified

Aug 25 (Island) The Colombo High Court yesterday gave parties time till Oct. 6, 2016 to go to the Supreme Court and get an interpretation of the SC Order dated Sept. 15, 2015, whereby, the highest Court said that the status quo regarding Tiran Alles should remain and he should not be arrested till the final determination of the fundamental rights violation petition, filed by him in the Court.
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