Written by Lahiru Fernando
30 Jul, 2015 | 8:54 am
The Criminal Investigations Department informed court on July 27 that the 2012 death of Rugby Player Wasim Thajudeen in 2012 is suspected to be a murder.
Wasim Thajudeen’s charred remains were discovered inside a car, which had reportedly crashed into a wall near the Shalika Grounds in Narahenpita on May 27, 2012.
The CID noted at the Colombo Magistrate’s Court on July 27, 2015 that since there were disparities in the reports of the judicial medical officer and the post-mortem examination, the responsible officials were questioned and information had come to light that foul play may have been involved in Thajudeen’s death.
The CID then requested court that a summons be issued on the relevant medical officers and also requested court to call for the JMO’s report. The Colombo Magistrate’s Court then made an announcement saying the matter would be taken up the following day, July 28.
As announced the case was taken up again and as a result the Colombo Magistrate’s Court ordered the five specialist doctors who investigated the death of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen be summoned before court. Later that day, court ordered that the investigation into the death of Thajudeen, whose body was found close to the Shalika Grounds, be re-examined. The order also stated that, as the investigation on this incident was based solely on hearsay evidence, the doctors be summoned for statements to be directed to the Attorney General for legal advice. The additional magistrate also ordered that a detailed report on the case be submitted before Sept. 10, 2015.
Following CID’s revelation to court saying that the late ruggerite’s death is suspected to have been a murder, the political stage exploded and multiple views were expressed at a number of media briefings regarding the case.
UNP Colombo District Candidate Sujeewa Senasinghe stated that there are doubts and that the then-Government did nothing as it was involved in the incident.
More views were expressed by the Leader of the National Unity Front Azath Salley and General Secretary of the UPFA Susil Premajayantha.
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