Thajudeen killing: Statements to be obtained from close associates of Rajapaksa family

Thajudeen killing: Statements to be obtained from close associates of Rajapaksa family

Written by Keshala Dias

26 Jan, 2018 | 7:59 pm

Deputy Solicitor General, Dilan Ratnayake, informed Colombo Additional Magistrate Dharshika Wimalasiri today, that it is necessary to obtain several statements from a number of close associates of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s family, in connection to the murder of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.

Deputy Solicitor General, Dilan Ratnayake, speaking in court today, revealed that a member of the Rajapaksa family had used two vehicles attached to the Presidential Secretariat to travel to the vicinity of the crime scene.

He further notes that the two vehicles had been driven by two members of Sri Lanka Navy, and noted that steps will be taken to obtain statements from the two Navy personnel in question.

The Deputy Solicitor General notes that it would take some time for the investigations to conclude and requested court to assign a date in six months time to reconvene the case.

Taking this information into consideration, the Additional Magistrate ordered that the case be taken up for consideration on May 03.

The magistrate also ordered the third suspect in the case, former JMO of Colombo Professor Ananda Samarasekara, to provide the necessary statements with regard to the investigation, to the CID within two weeks.

Rugby player, Wasim Thajudeen, was found murdered in his vehicle in May 2012 in the Narahenpita area. At first, the death was reported as an accident. However, the CID was able to uncover evidence that Thajudeen had been murdered.

The CID also took steps to arrest the former Crime OIC of Narahenpita, Sumith Dhammika, and former DIG in charge of the Western Province, Anura Senanayake, in connection to the murder.

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