Investigations underway into death of intelligence officer over Lasantha Wickrematunge killing

Investigations underway into death of intelligence officer over Lasantha Wickrematunge killing

Investigations underway into death of intelligence officer over Lasantha Wickrematunge killing

Written by Staff Writer

16 Oct, 2016 | 9:14 pm

Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara says that an investigation is on going into the death of the former military intelligence officer, who is alleged to have committed suicide after writing a letter, claiming responsibility for the 2009 murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge.

The body of Ilandaarige Edirisinghe Jayamanna, a former military intelligence officer ,was found hanging inside a house in the Karadupana area in Kegalle on Friday.

The letter said to have been written by this individual was found at the scene. In the letter the victim allegedly claims responsibility for the 2009 murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge.

The letter further noted that the individual known as Milinda Udalagama, who is currently in remand custody is not responsible for the murder. Jayamanna who was a father of three had retired from the Army in 2007 as a Sergeant Major and had rejoined the service.

He had fully retired from the service in 2011.

Final rites were performed today while his wife , who was overseas, had returned to the country. However, a group of relatives including Jayamanna’s brother, who is a senior army officer, had not allowed the media to cover the funeral proceedings.

Many problems pertaining to the death of Illandarige Edirisinghe Jayamanna were brought to attention by many news papers today. According to the Sunday Observer, the name of the army officer who is in custody was not written correctly in the victim’s letter.

The suspect known as Prem Ananda Udalagama, alias Ananda Udalagama , has been mentioned as Milinda Udalagama in the letter.

Meanwhile The Sunday Leader newspaper questioned as to why SOCO’s or Scenes of Crime Officers were not directed to carry out investigations on the incident in question. The newspaper points out that if SOCO’s were employed in the investigations, forensic evidence and finger prints could have been collected from the crime scene.

On the day of the incident, the brother of the deceased former military intelligence officer said that his brother had gone to an army camp several days ago.

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