Jan 19, 2018

Army spies hung around Lasantha’s office a day before his killing Featured

Intelligence members of the Army’s Tripoli camp had been hanging around the ‘Sunday Leader’ office a day before its editor Lasantha Wickrematunge was murdered, according to the CID.

Making submissions to the Mt. Lavinia magistrate’s court yesterday (18), the CID said it was further investigating this revelation.

It has so far questioned around 950 persons, including 295 Army intelligence members, in the course of its investigation.

Statements have also been obtained from the JMO and other doctors of the Kalubowila Hospital that performed the first postmortem examination.

The CID is investigating to find out if those doctors had been under any pressure at the time.

The magistrate fixed the next hearing for March 15.

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Non-political murder probes, court hearings are completed within a few years

Delay alleged

Meanwhile, a female member of the Wickrematunge family has alleged an undue delay in the investigation and legal process into the killing.

Speaking on behalf of the slain senior journalist’s brother Lal, she noted investigations and court proceedings into non-political murders were completed within a few years.

Failure to do so in this case even nine years after Lasantha’s murder means the main suspect and the others could are allowed a free life and can get elected as president or the prime minister of the country, she was quoting by BBC Sinhala Service as saying.