Navy denies charges of assault in Kokilai

2019-09-11 at 11:00

Navy Media Spokesman Lieutenant Commander Isuru Sooriyabandara says the 12 Navy personnel arrested and remanded over an incident involving four persons in seas off Kokilai, followed due protocol.

The Navy Media Spokesman denied the complaint lodged by the four persons at the Trincomalee Harbour Police, that they were assaulted by the Navy personnel.

Lieutenant Commander added the Navy officers worked within their capacity during the encounter.

Lieutenant Sooriyabandara said Navy officers opened fire at the vessel as the suspects failed to heed orders to stop.

The Spokesman said the group did not possess a legal document to suggest they were fishermen either.

He noted that one individual sustained injuries and was treated by Navy doctors.

Two Navy officers and ten sailors affiliated to the Trincomalee Navy Camp were remanded till the 16th of September by the Trincomalee Magistrate’s Court.

The Navy officers had witnessed a suspicious boat at sea, and upon ordering the vessel to stop, the group did not heed orders.

Three suspects were arrested while at sea while another suspect was arrested later in the day.

Police said the four suspects had injuries when they were handed over to Police by the Navy.

The four when produced before the Trincomalee Magistrate informed that they were assaulted and shot at by the Navy officers.

The four were released on bail while the Magistrate ordered the Trincomalee Harbour Police to launch an investigation.

The 12 Navy personnel will be produced at an identification parade on the 16th of September.