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    Three men appeared before Ceylon's acting Chief Magistrate, October 28, in connexion with the murder of Premier Bandaranaike.

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    Three men appeared before Ceylon's acting Chief Magistrate, October 28, in connexion with the murder of Premier Bandaranaike. They were: saffron-robed leading Buddhist monk, Buddharakkita Thero; C. Amarasinghe, urban council chairman; and dhoti-wearing Ayurvedic 'herb-and-massage' doctor H.P. Jayewardena.

    All three were arrested October 14. Two others connected with the shooting September 25 of Mr. Bandaranaike - the alleged and wounded assassin Somarama Thero and Police Inspector Newton perera - were 'too ill to attend court'.

    Armed police held back the large crowd, waiting outside in the monsoon rains, Bystanders jeered and hooted the three prisoners when they entered and left the court.

    One of the two counsels for defence appealed to the acting Chief Magistrate Mr. C.V. Udalagama to allow him to see his clients in the remand prison without guards overhearing their conversations. Both defence counsels claimed they were 'fettered on all sides' in obtaining statements from the suspects.

    Haebus Corpus has been suspended in Ceylon for anyone arrested and detained in connexion with the Bandaranaike murder. Two high - ranking British Scotland Yard CID detectives have arrived in Ceylon to assist investigations. The Government is considering re-introducing the death penalty.

    In the Ceylon Parliament chamber, Oct. 29, the resignation of Finance Minister Stanley de Zoysa was demanded by Opposition party member Colin de Silva. De Zoysa's bodyguard is alleged to have passed the gun used to shoot Bandaranaike to Inspector Perera, who in turn gave it to Somarama Thero, the man who allegedly pulled the trigger.

    De Zoysa denies the man was his bodyguard but admits knowing him. Because Mr. de Zoysa could use his influence to divert the course of justice he should resign, de Silva claims.

    Buddharakkita Thero was leader of the United Bikku Front - a Buddhist monk movement - when, with the Ayurvedic medicine cult, it helped Bandaranaike to Parliamentary victory three and a half years ago. Both parties were hoping that in gratitude Bandaranaike would make Ceylon a Buddhist state. But he had other plans. And that is the reason for his being killed - so one theory has it.

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