Jan 31, 2017

CID under pressure over probes against Navy Featured

Criminal investigations against members of the Navy are under pressure following a meeting its incumbent commander Ravindra Wijegunawardena and former chief Wasantha Karannagoda met president Maithripala Sirisena, ‘Ravaya’ reports quoting CID sources.

The CID is investigating several complaints against members of the Navy, including the abduction, extortion and murder of 13 persons and the killing of MP Nadaraja Raviraj.

At the meeting, both Wijegunawardena and Karannagoda have told the president that those investigations were being conducted against war heroes and that they could have an impact on national security.

Proofs against Navy

It has now come to light that Tamil businessmen Pannalisamy Yoganadan and Ratnasamy Premanandan had been abducted and taken to Welisara Navy camp.

They had gold amounting to 45 sovereigns and Rs. 800,000 in cash in their possession at the time.

Their vehicle had been taken apart and 72 of the parts had been found from the Navy camp.

The intelligence chief of the camp at the time Akila Yapa has now been remanded on suspicion.

An officer who used the businessmen's mobile phones and another who had permitted the vehicle to be taken apart are to be arrested shortly.

Also, the national identity cards of five kidnapped schoolboys were found from the Navy headquarters, and Sampath Munasinghe alias Navy Sampath, an aide to Karannagoda, is one of the suspects under custody.

Furthermore, information has come to light that MP Raviraj had been murdered by the navy intelligence.

Previously, the Army intelligence members suspected over the enforced disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda were reinstated in their jobs following a meeting Sarath Weerasekara and Buddhist organizations had with the president.

When contacted, Karannagoda refused to respond, while Wijegunawardena said he was busy and had not time to answer questions.

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