Lasantha Murder Case Rtd DIG ARRESTED AND remanded

Published : 9:10 am  February 15, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (239) reads | 

Crucial evidence found

Life-1-1By Shehan Chamika Silva and Chaturanga Samarawickrama

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) yesterday arrested the former Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Prasanna Nanayakkara on alleged concealing of evidence into the investigation of the murder of former Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga, the Police said.

 

During the time of the killing of Wickrematunga, DIG Nanayakkara had been in charge of the Mount Lavinia Police Division. 


The Police said ex-DIG Nanayakkara was arrested based for allegedly concealing evidence related to the investigation of the former Editor’s murder. He was produced in the Mount Lavinia Magistrates’ Court yesterday. Earlier, the court impounded the passports of former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jayantha Wickremaratne, former DIG Nanayakkara and former Senior DIG Hemantha Adhikari following submissions made to the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court by the CID regarding the investigations into the murder.


Meanwhile, Lasantha Wickramatunga had noted down the registration numbers of the motorbikes followed him on his notebook before he was shot, said the CID.


Based on the statements given by the second suspect Sugathapala, who was the Crimes OIC of Mount Lavinia Police at that time and currently in remand custody, the CID said that the suspect had found the note-book from the vehicle of deceased Wickramatunga at the crime scene.


However, under the instructions of then DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara, who was in charge of Mount Lavinia Police, the second suspect Sugathapala had handed over the original notebook to the DIG and removed the pages of his Police Information Book on which he included the details about his finding of a notebook of Lasantha Wickramatunga.


The CID said that suspect Sugathapala had included the registration numbers that he abstracted from the Lasantha’s notebook on his Police Information Book and photocopied the page before it was removed under the instructions of the then DIG Nanayakkara.


“The photocopy is currently under the custody of the CID officers,” Inspector of Police Nishantha Silva said.


Meanwhile, Former Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police (SDIG) Prasanna Nanayakkara, who was arrested for allegedly concealing and destroying evidence of the initial investigation into the murder of former Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickramatunga, was ordered to be remanded till February 16, 2018, by Mount Lavinia Magistrate Mohammed Mihlar.