Aggrieved party queries delay in arresting ex-JMO

Published : 8:24 am  March 17, 2017 | No comments so far |  |  (295) reads | 

By Shehan Chamika Silva   
Questioning the current progress of the inquiry into the Wasim Thajudeen murder, Counsel Misbah Sathar who appeared for the aggrieved party yesterday said his clients were not pleased with the current progress of the investigation, because despite having sufficient material evidence in court; former Chief JMO Ananda Samarasekara was not arrested and brought before justice by the CID yet.  

LATE-CITY-DM-1-3The CID in response said that it required to consider certain legal grounds before making such an arrest.   

Advising the Sri Lanka Medical Council’s lawyer to expedite the inquiry, Colombo Additional Magistrate Jeyaram Trotsky observed the importance of the internal inquiry conducted by the SLMC against the former JMO, since there were two contradictory postmortem reports in court prepared by two experts in the medical field.   

Meanwhile, the CID, filing a further report in court, informed that the crucial pages between May 10-22 in 2012 of the ‘Daily Duty Records Book’ relating to former President’s Security Officials had been removed suspiciously. Therefore, a broad investigation was deployed into the alleged incident and a few of security officials had already been interrogated over the matter, said the CID.   
Deputy Solicitor General Dilan Ratnayake also said he was informed that the analytical report of the DNA test report on the recovered 19 femur bone pieces and seven bone pieces of chest area at the SAITM laboratory would be received within three days.   

Earlier, the CID and a team of experts searched the SAITM Laboratory based on information revealed during the investigation that the former JMO Ananda Samarasekara had dispatched few body parts of late Wasim Thajudeen to the SAITM. Then the Recovered body parts were sent to the ‘Genetech’ to conduct a DNA test using DNA of Thajudeen’s mother.   

The prosecution was of the view that former SDIG Anura Senanayake and former Narahenpita Crimes OIC Sumith Perera — had been charged under Sections 113 (Conspiracy) and 32 (Liability for act done by several persons in furtherance of a common intention) of the Penal Code, and that according to the provision in Section 13 of the Bail Act, a person who had been charged with an offence punishable with death or with life imprisonment, shall not be released on bail except by a judge of the High Court.   

However, first suspect Sumith Perera was granted bail by the Colombo High Court earlier following a revision application filed on behalf of the suspect.   

The former SDIG and the former Crimes OIC have also been charged with causing the disappearance of evidence, fabricating false evidence, using it to shield the offender and conspiring under Clauses of 189,198 and 296 of the Penal Code.   

Considering that the suspect, Anura Senanayake had already filed revision bail applications in the High Court, the Magistrate re-remanded the suspects till March 30.