QC Hall’s closing argument for Viraj Alahakoon, highlights to be added later

QC Pip Hall’s closing address went for almost exactly four hours, spread across two days. This compares to John Brandts-Giesen’s closing which went for an hour and a half.

Although, at the time of writing this entry (9.30pm, Monday 22 July 2013) the trial has now concluded and verdicts are in, I do still intend to upload here a precis, a short review, of some of the key points that QC Pip Hall made in his closing address to the jury.

More “coming soon”

Explanatory note on names. Sometimes inconsistencies exist in names, and this can be caused by a number of factors, especially when non-European names are “Anglicised” so they can be written using a standard English alphabet. Other factors can be “tribal” names used in some cultures or names which change over the course of life. In some cultures, married women do not assume their husband’s surname and in some countries the surname or family-name goes first and the Christian or given name goes afterwards. Sometimes names can have a numeric meaning also. Much can be ‘lost in translation’. The most common language spoken in Sri Lanka is Sinhalese. This is usually written using a combination of two alphabets, which can trace their roots back thousands of years. The deceased man in the case currently before the court, has been referred to variously as Sameera Chandrasena and Sameera Madurangana Manikka Battelage. On some occasions he has been referred to as “Rassy”. The two co-accused’s full names are listed as Thuvan Prawesh Sawal and Mudijanselage Viraj Wasantha Alahakoon. No offence is intended to any culture, or individual person with respect to the Anglicisation and use of names. )

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