• Short Summary

    On the opening day of their trial in Colombo's Supreme court February 6, five persons pleaded Not Guilty to charges of conspiracy to murder arising from the assassination of Mr Solomon Bandaranaike, the Ceylonese Premier, in September 1959.

  • Description

    1.
    LS Supreme Court buildings, Colombo.
    0.05

    2.
    MLS People at court.
    0.10

    3.
    MS Phineas Quass Q.C. and others coming in.
    0.15

    4.
    MS Prison van coming in.
    0.19

    5.
    MS Accused monk Buddharakkhita.
    0.23

    6.
    MS Another accused Newton Perera.
    0.25

    7.
    MS Crowd outside court.
    0.29

    8.
    MLS Exhibits out of van, MCU gun, MS.other exhibits, 3 shots.
    0.39

    9.
    MS Monk getting into court 2 shots.
    0.48

    10.
    MS Defense Council Chitty (L) and another advocate.
    0.54

    11.
    MS Witness talking to Ratwatte, brother of Mrs. Bandranike.
    0.58

    12.
    LS Courtyard with cars.
    1.04



    Initials PC/V/AHS/PB



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: On the opening day of their trial in Colombo's Supreme court February 6, five persons pleaded Not Guilty to charges of conspiracy to murder arising from the assassination of Mr Solomon Bandaranaike, the Ceylonese Premier, in September 1959.

    The five people accused were Somarama Thero, a Buddhist monk; Buddharakkhita Thero, a former Bhuddist high priest;H.P. Jayawardene, a businessman; Anura de Silva, a motor mechanic; and Newton Perera, a former police inspector. Somarama Thero was also charged with murder and retained Mr Phineas Quass Q.C., for his defense.

    After some legal argument the trial - which has evoked great public interest - was adjourned.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7BHRLVK6HKN2R4A98883MWJ3G
    Media URN:
    VLVA7BHRLVK6HKN2R4A98883MWJ3G
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/02/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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