Ex-CID Chief Shani Abeysekara being transferred to IDH – Officials

Former CID Director Shani Abeysekara

ECONOMYNEXT – The former Director of the Criminal Investigation Department SSP Shani Abeysekara is being transferred to the Infectious Diseases Hospital from the Welikanda Hospital today, the Hospital Director said.

Dr Indika Kumara said that Abeysekara who is in Remand Custody and has tested positive for the Covid 19 virus is being monitored as he has a heart condition.

“He has a minor heart issue and since he is Covid positive we have made arrangements to transfer him to the IDH,” he said.

Abeysekara, a senior much-decorated police officer, has been arrested for allegedly fabricating evidence in a murder case.

He was a well-known detective and headed investigations into several high-profile cases including the alleged enforced disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekanaligoda.

Several military-men indicted in that and other cases have been reinstated to duty after the current government gained power.

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has drawn the attention of the Prisons department to Abeysekara’s case calling on Prisons Commissioner-General Thushara Upuldeniya to have him treated at the nearest hospital treating such patients.

The HRCSL warned that conditions where he was “posed a threat to his life which is in your custody” a letter signed by Commissioner Ramani Muttetuwegama said.

The current government made sweeping changes to the elite CID after it was elected removing Abeysekara and other senior officers and replacing them twice with non-CID staff.

Last month Abeysekara’s wife reportedly wrote to the Chief Justice, the Attorney General stating that she fears for his life and to safeguard him.

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Abeysekara’s bail application was refused the last time he was in court by the AG and it is due to come up in court on December 7. (Colombo, November 27, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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