SF says special unit targeted media

Published : 8:20 am  March 21, 2017 | No comments so far |  |  (74) reads | 

By Shehan Chamika Silva   
The CID told court yesterday that based on the statement given by Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, a special unit had been set up under the former military intelligence chief Kapila Hendawitharana to attack the media during the time when journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga was killed.   

1 It said a statement was recorded by the former army commander during the investigation into the killing of former Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickramatunga.   


The Field Marshal had informed the CID that he was unaware about the security situation in the Colombo division because that was a subject assigned to Major General Ajith Perera.   


The CID had also recorded his statement on the incident on January 20, 2017. However, in his statement, he said he was unaware about Mr. Wickramatunge’s killing.   

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It said that according to the second postmortem examination report Mr. Wickramatunga had died from severe brain damage from an attack on his head with an unknown weapon.   Colombo Additional Magistrate Mohammad Mihar put off the case for June 19.   
Mr. Wickramatunga was done to death by unidentified assailants while he was on his way to work in Colombo on January 8, 2009.