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Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday told the CID to take steps to arrest former Navy Commander and current Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, if CID had adequate evidence to prove that he had helped suspect, retired Navy officer Prasad Hettiarachchi, to abscond the investigation.

Organised Crimes Investigation Unit OIC Nishantha Silva of the CID had told court that there was evidence to prove the allegation and accordingly would take action against Admiral Wijeygunaratne, for assisting suspect Hettiarachchi to escape from the investigation, conducted into the abduction of 11 men in 2009.

Mr Silva said the two National Identity Cards recovered from suspect Hettiarachchi belonged to two other persons and those persons were unaware of a duplicate identity card of theirs that had been used by the suspect.

Mr Silva told court that the CID had sought details about Rs 500,000 that was alleged to have obtained from a bank by the suspect and the bank had still not provided the CID with details of the transaction.

OIC Silva also said that investigations were carried out to find out how the suspect had obtained the job at Dompe as a security guard and any other illegal involvements of the suspect
The Magistrate also ordered the CID to get details from 22 financial institutions and from the Colombo Stock Exchange whether the suspect had committed fraud.

It was also revealed that Counsel Ajith Prasanna, who appeared on behalf of the suspect on the previous inquiry, appeared for the suspect without the suspect’s instructions.

The Magistrate said that she would take appropriate action if the allegation was revealed.
The case will be taken up on Saturday, September 1. (T. Farook Thajudeen)

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  • lion Thursday, 30 August 2018 06:03 AM

    If he is involved in this, he should be arrested and he should not be allowed to find refugee under the guise of ranawiruwa label.

    Mohamed Thursday, 30 August 2018 11:56 AM

    He was against and made statement about Kandy digana riot against Muslims - So now revenge taking - big team behind ..

    Ghost Thursday, 30 August 2018 07:30 AM

    War heroes all, don't send them to prison: Thera!!!!!

    Rasheed Thursday, 30 August 2018 10:42 AM

    You mean to say that the War Heroes can kill anybody.

    Ghost Thursday, 30 August 2018 07:39 PM

    That's exactly what I meant Rasheed,but DM has missed the point!!!

    Warren Raed Thursday, 30 August 2018 08:10 AM

    All this is a gimmick. He will be arrested and bailed the next day and he will live happily ever after like in childhood fairy tales.

    Piyumi Fernando Thursday, 30 August 2018 11:35 AM

    Absolutely. This is another drama by Yahapalanaya to mislead the public. The hidden agenda here is to get evidence against Gota.

    Soam Thursday, 30 August 2018 08:20 AM

    Irrespective who they are , the LAW should applies to all equally.

    VJ Thursday, 30 August 2018 08:31 AM

    I hope the President will not prevent the arrest of the CDS if adequate evidence are provided. Providing refuge to a fugitive is a crime.

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 30 August 2018 08:36 AM

    These were the shameless Navy Commanders of yesteryear who did laundry work for Politicians.

    dulan Thursday, 30 August 2018 09:02 AM

    Ravindra is a close relative of Ranil thus he will never be jailed

    Sunil Thursday, 30 August 2018 09:26 AM

    Come on Yahapalanaya. Show your true colours to the world,

    Suresh Thursday, 30 August 2018 10:13 AM

    No one is above Law.

    hero Thursday, 30 August 2018 03:31 PM

    Hope he will not be considered for a promotion as he is war hero.

    Ghost Thursday, 30 August 2018 07:40 PM

    The Maha Sanga will approve!!!

    Lokusalli Thursday, 30 August 2018 06:03 PM

    Arrest, question , release ...arrest question release ....is there anyone of any importance that actually stays in prison for longer than a week in SL ...but if you can't pay a 500 rs fine you can be in for months ...it would be laughable if it wasn't so tragic ...

    Chutta Friday, 31 August 2018 12:37 PM

    Story of Lanka. highest in law enforcement part of criminality, starting from Ex Defence secretary!!!


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