Deputy Solicitor General Dilan Rathnayake yesterday told court that the CID was conducting a broad investigation into a suspicious vehicle that was believed to have chased Thajudeen’s vehicle on the day the victim was found dead.
Filing a further report in court the CID informed court that it had recorded statements from 12 officials attached to the President's Security Division over the phone calls received from the Presidential Secretariat (PS) and Temple Trees (TT) to the Narahenpita OIC Damien Perera on the day that Wasim Thajudeen was found dead.
The prosecution cited in the further report that many of the statements recorded over the incident from individuals in line with the phone details are contradictory and suspicious, therefore a sensitive inquiry should be deployed.
The CID also informed that DNA reports of the body parts recovered at SAITM were not yet received from Genetech.
Earlier, the CID and a team of experts searched the SAITM Laboratory based on the information revealed during the investigation that the former JMO Ananda Samarasekera had dispatched few body parts of late Wasim Thajudeen to the SAITM and the recovered 19 femur bones and seven bone pieces of chest area were sent to the Genetech for a DNA test using DNAs of Thajudeen's mother.
The prosecution said that the suspects -- former SDIG Anura Senanayake and former Narahenpita Crimes OIC Sumith Perera -- had been charged under Sections 113 (Conspiracy) and 32 (Liability for act done by several persons in furtherance of a common intention) of the Penal Code, and that according to the provision in Section 13 of the Bail Act, a person who had been charged with an offence punishable with death or with life imprisonment, shall not be released on bail except by a judge of the High Court.
They had been arrested by the CID and charged under Sections 113 (Conspiracy), and 32 (Liability for act done by several persons in furtherance of a common intention) of the Penal Code in connection with the murder of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen.
Considering that the suspects had already filed revision bail applications in the High Court, Additional Magistrate Rasika Mallawarachchi re-remanded the suspects till December 26.
The former SDIG and the former Crimes OIC have also been charged with causing the disappearance of evidence, fabricating false evidence, using it to shield the offender and conspiring under Clauses of 189,198 and 296 of the Penal Code. (Shehan Chamika Silva)