AG wants probes into Lasantha murder and 4 other cases expedited

The Attorney General Dappula de Livera has asked the Police to take “serious note” in respect of five “emblematic” cases which have not been successfully concluded and expedite the inquiries.

In a letter to the Acting Inspector General of Police Chandana Wickremeratne, the AG lists the five cases as the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunga, the murders of 17 Aid Workers, the murder of Waseem Thajudeen, abduction of Journalist Keith Noyahr and the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths.

Wickrematunga, the high profile Editor of the Sunday Leader was killed in January 2009 while driving in thick traffic in Colombo.

The aid workers, in this case, are from the French agency Action Contra La Faim who were killed in Mutur in 2006, Waseem Thajudeen was a Rugger player, Keith Noyahr an Editor of the Nation newspaper who was abducted and severely assaulted and the 11 youth were from wealthy families in Colombo who were abducted apparently for ransom and later allegedly killed.

In all these cases military or police personnel are suspected of involvement.

In the case of the 11 youth, several senior Navy officers including Chief of Defense Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijeguneratne are implicated.

The AG has advised police to expeditiously conclude the investigations and submit the completed IB extracts for consideration of charges against the suspects without delay.

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