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Police Deny Bulitavu Arrest Claims

Police Deny Bulitavu Arrest Claims
Mosese Bulitavu. Photo: Ronald Kumar
September 26
09:13 2015

Police did not follow proper procedures when they arrested Parliamentarian Mosese Bulitavu, says lawyer Barbara Malimali.

Bulitavu’s lawyer Ms Malimali was yesterday cross-examining Assistant Superintendent of Police Mesake Waqa who took the stand as a prosecution witness.

Ms Malimali claimed her client, who was facing sedition-related charges, was told to plead guilty by ASP Waqa, the senior officer who had arrested and interviewed him. This claim was denied by ASP Waqa.

She also claimed her client, was subjected to verbal abuse and intimidation against his wife who at that time had just recently given birth. This also was denied by ASP Waqa.

Ms Malimali also claimed her client had requested for a change of room as he shared the cell room with four other convicts including Etonia Siqila, a St Giles patient, who shouted every night and urinated on the cell floor but was ignored. ASP Waqa told the court that there was no truth in such claims.

Ms Malimali claimed her client was arrested on the October 5, 2011 by ASP Waqa and kept in custody for nine to 10 days when the limited time for an accused to be questioned was 48 hours and Mr Waqa had approved this.

Parliamentarian Mosese Bulitavu and businessman Jagath Karunaratne’s case on sedition-related charges have been adjourned to Monday.

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