Former Sri Lanka DIG Vass Gunawardena was sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment on Monday by Colombo High Court after he was found guilty of threatening life of then ASP now Director of CID Shani Abeysekara, who questioned him during the investigations into the killing of businessman Mohammed Shiyam in 2013.
High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga, declaring the verdict, stated that in addition to the sentencing, the accused would be fined Rs. 25.000. If failed to pay the fine, the accused will receive an additional 1-year rigorous imprisonment.
The High Court said that the prosecution had proved the charges of death threats against the senior police officer beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was filed by the CID alleging they were verbally threatened by Gunawardena who reportedly said “I am a murderer; you all are not able to keep me inside forever, when I am out, see what I will do to you all.”
The Attorney General’s Department filed a case against Gunawardena under six charges, including obstruction of duty, following the complaint made by CID Director Shani Abeysekara.
However, the defendant was acquitted of the five charges of obstructing the duty of the police officers as the charges were not proved.