Former Sri Lankan minister Douglas Devananda on Saturday visited the Indian High Commission in Colombo and took part in the trial proceedings of a nearly three decade-old murder case through video conferencing in which he is an accused.
Devananda, 58, the leader of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) and member of parliament, had declined to visit Chennai to stand trial, claiming he faced death threats from the LTTE.
The EPDP in a release said Devananda was present at the Indian High commission when four prosecution witnesses were cross examined. Further hearing was postponed for March 15.
A local court in Chennai on Monday had sent a letter of intimation to the Additional City Public Prosecutor stating that video conferencing arrangements have been made to conduct the trial of Devananda.