CCD takes over Malaka incident probe

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The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) has taken over the investigations into the incident involving Minister Mervyn Silva’s son Malaka Silva. Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that statements have been recorded from eyewitnesses at the RnB night club at Duplication Road in Colombo where Silva had allegedly assaulted a Scottish national. The police spokesman said that initially a complaint had been made at the Bambalapitiya police station saying Malaka Silva was assaulted by a foreigner at the club and that he was admitted to hospital. However investigations had later revealed that the incident had taken place as a result of the actions of Malaka Silva. The foreigner was celebrating his birthday at the club with his British girlfriend that night when the incident took place. The Scottish national, identified as James Francis, is employed in Kottawa as an engineer at a construction company, the police spokesman said. The CCD had recorded statements from the Scottish national and his British girlfriend, who had also been injured in the incident. The police spokesman said that Malaka Silva was later arrested over the incident and Colombo Magistrate Chandima Liyanage inspected Silva in hospital last night, where he remained admitted under police protection, and ordered that he be remanded till Tuesday. An identification parade is to be conducted on Tuesday and visuals from CCTV cameras of the club are also being used in the investigation over the incident. The police spokesman said that a few others, who were with Silva and had also allegedly been involved in assaulting the foreigners, are also to be identified. (Colombo Gazette)