The Jaffna Magistrate’s Court has once again confirmed that the death of a Tamil youth in police custody in November was a homicide.
Jaffna court reporters say that when the case was called before Jaffna Magistrate AA Anandaraja on Tuesday, January 02, the post-mortem report of Alex Nagarasa was presented to the court and it stated that the death of the young man was due to injuries caused by torture.
Accordingly, the magistrate who once again confirmed the death of the young man as a homicide ordered the charge sheets to be forwarded to the High Court for the final ruling on the matter.
During the identification parade before Jaffna Magistrate AA Anandaraja on December 08, the first witness had identified four police officers, including the former sub-inspector of the crime division of the Vadukkott police station, who are accused of murdering the young man.
Reporters further say that another accused police officer has not been arrested so far and the judge ordered the chief of police who is in charge of the investigation to immediately arrest him and bring him to court.
The Judge has ordered the Registrar of the Jaffna Magistrate’s Court to send a report to the Inspector General of Police regarding the orders given by the court on January 2, as the police have been charged with the murder of Nagaraza Alex.
The Magistrate has ordered the further remand of the four police officers accused of the murder of Nagarasa Alex, a resident of Sittankeni, Jaffna district, who died while being arrested and imprisoned on court orders, until January 16.