DIG Nalaka de Silva Cleared of Alleged VIP Assassination Plot as Fort Magistrate's Court Deems Evidence Insufficient

December 06, 2023

The Fort Magistrate's Court has released Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Nalaka de Silva from the alleged VIP assassination plot in 2019.

The decision came after the Attorney General informed the court that the evidence against Silva was insufficient to sustain the accusations. Silva, who was the head of the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) at the time, was accused of attempting to assassinate former President Maithripala Sirisena.

The court's decision to clear DIG Nalaka de Silva marks a turning point in a case that has been closely watched for its implications on high-profile figures and security personnel. The allegations against Silva stemmed from a purported plot to assassinate the then-President, a claim that had significant repercussions at the time.

The Attorney General's assessment that the evidence was insufficient led to the court's decision to release Silva from the charges.