United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Colombo district Parliamentarian Duminda Silva was discharged by High Court Judge Sunil Rajapakse on March 24, on charges of rape and engaging in sex with an under-age girl.
The judge accepted the request made by State Counsel representing the Attorney General that the latter has agreed to withdraw the indictment as the girl reportedly raped was reluctant to give evidence during cross-examination.
Counsel M.C.M. Muneer appearing for the aggrieved party said his client has been uncomfortable during questioning on certain issues and this was discussed with the Attorney General. Mr. Silva was indicted before the Colombo High Court in 2005 for abducting and raping an under-age girl.