Feb 19, 2017

Gota had a hand in Noyarh abduction? Featured

The Mt. Lavinia court was told yesterday (18) that former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had a hand in the abduction of former ‘The Nation’ co-editor Keith Noyarh.

Kidnapped on 22 May 2008, he was taken to an Army safe-house in Dompe, beaten up and questioned before being dumped following pressure by civil society and international organizations and diplomatic missions.

Early yesterday morning, main suspect Maj. Bulathwatte was arrested and the CID informed courts that the safe-house had been rented by him by producing his personal identification and documents.

After abducting Noyarh, Bulathwatte had informed his chief, Army intelligence chief Brig. Amal Karunasekara, who in turn notified head of state intelligence Kapila Hendawitharana.

Hendawitharana then informed Gotabhaya that they had taken the journalist, after which the then defence secretary had telephoned Bulathwatte to his mobile phone and gave him instructions, the court was also told.

The CID said it would submit all the details in the future.

At the time, Sarath Fonseka had been accused over the Noyarh abduction, as he was kidnapped days after he wrote a critical article titled ‘Army is not commander’s private property.’

However, Fonseka gave a lengthy statement to the CID a few days ago and revealed details of many acts of terror perpetrated by the Rajapaksa regime, including abductions and murders committed with Gotabhaya’s knowledge.

Fonseka, the then Army chief, has told BBC Sandeshaya that former president Mahinda Rajapaksa had implicated the Army in attacks against the media.

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