Attempts to undermine investigation of Britisher’s murder

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A group of persons identifying themselves as law abiding citizens of Tangalle, have complained to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) in writing that there are attempts by some elements with vested interests to undermine investigations into the killing of  a British national at a hotel in Tangalle  recently.

The letter has been copied to the Attorney General, the secretaries of political parties, the MPs of the Hambantota District and the British High Commissioner. The organisation says that the chairman of Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha who is the main suspect in this case is under the patronage of a powerful politician. 

The organisation says in the letter, that attempts are being made to tamper evidence with regard to this case. Soon after the incident, the hotel management made a statement to the police regarding the alleged involvement of this person in the case.

“It is learnt that the hotel management is under pressure to withdraw the statements made,” the organisation says.

Besides, the organisation says that the main suspect’s name was connected with numerous other crimes in the recent past. Among them is the gunning down of an elderly woman K.A. Kusumawathi when she was travelling in a bus along with others to participate in a UNP political rally in the run up to the 2010 Presidential Election. Also, he had allegedly been involved in the incidents of opening gunfire at a UNP rally in Walasmulla on March 4, 2011, and damaging the house of the vice chairman of the Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha.

Meanwhile, Hambantota District UNP MP Dilip Wedaarachchi said in a statement that had the law and order machinery been implemented with regard to these previous crimes, the latest unfortunate incident in Tanagalle would not have happened. He urged the authorities concerned to act promptly to bring the perpetrator to book as soon as possible.

Also, he commended the statement made by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa that an independent inquiry would be conducted into the matter.
Mr. Wedaarachchi charged that this Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman and others around him had terrorised the entire Tangalle area, and the recent act of killing a British national and causing grievous injuries to his Russian girlfriend would strike a severe blow to the tourism industry.

“Is this the way Sri Lanka is being made the wonder of Asia?” he asked. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 22

  • Edward Thursday, 29 December 2011 05:25 AM

    Criminal is always a criminal without successful rehabilitation.. Arm of law should extend irrespective of the persons. Otherwise law of the jungle would prevail. LAW ABIDING CITIZEN.

    vuusa Thursday, 29 December 2011 06:21 AM

    Who protect him?

    swadheena Chinthana Thursday, 29 December 2011 07:31 PM

    who cares about the western world? we are protected by China, Russia and Iran. Wait and see how the case will be handled. The British tourist abused his female friend and shot himself!

    Eddy Thursday, 29 December 2011 06:34 AM

    It wont be possible to cover-up this horrible incident,as,the British Embassy and all foreign missions will keep a close watch on this, if they do cover-up, that would be the end of the Tourist Industry in SL!! By the way this hoodlum of Pradesiya sabha Chairman, is he still at large? Why is he not behind bars?

    Sirisara Thursday, 29 December 2011 07:00 AM

    Now the victims are foreign tourists, the patron saints of thug politicians will not be able to suppress the truth this time.

    YP Friday, 30 December 2011 02:15 PM

    So what's your point. Is this justifiable? Seems like you live in a primitive age: tit-for-tat

    ingro Friday, 30 December 2011 03:30 AM

    That an independent inquiry would be conducted into the matter! & It will take another 100 years to resolve this matter.....total Disgrace!

    alfred kuranage Thursday, 29 December 2011 09:07 AM

    Hotel Manager. has to responsibility for his customer's. foreign agency's sending clan to Hotel well recommend If Hotel Manager fall to protect this people foreign agency's geting trouble .

    kulamkokula Thursday, 29 December 2011 09:15 AM

    How come the BBC has not reported this murder of one of their citizen?

    Giniwelle Thursday, 29 December 2011 01:20 AM

    Keep your fingers crossed to see the day when the law is enforced in Sri Lanka.

    jack Thursday, 29 December 2011 02:24 AM

    Nothing will happen for the murderer. He will be free after one year

    sparks Thursday, 29 December 2011 02:34 AM

    Today, if this murdered person was a tamil, will their be such a hullabaloo on finding, arresting and sentencing the perpetrators?

    Nodrog Thursday, 29 December 2011 02:46 AM

    Wasn't this predicted? Sickening the way these political rowdies behave because they know their 'connections' will bail them out.

    kumaraya Thursday, 29 December 2011 02:53 AM

    Tell me the name of ONE politician in the world, dead or alive who won the hearts of his/her people by being arrogant and dictatorial. Hitler, Stalin, Polpot, several in the Balkans,the President Marcos of the Philipines, the Argentinian Allende, the Dictators of the former East Germany, Hungary, etc. etc. Lets not even think of the many in Africa and South America and the very recent happenings in the Middle East. They ALL grabbed power by force, by cheating in elections, by running rough-shod over their people. It will never work, sooner than later these despots are disposed, usually by violence. On the other hand, look at leaders like Mandela, Lech Walensa of Poland and the late President Havel of the Czech Republic. They WON elections without breaking rules and never plundered their countries. They are honoured internationally even now. Its just a matter of time; you RULE by force, you get KICKED OUT by force.

    ravi Thursday, 29 December 2011 03:46 AM

    What ever said and done this is "WONDER OF ASIA".

    Asoka Jayawardane Thursday, 29 December 2011 03:56 AM

    What about the Sri Lankan innocent women killed in UK . It's more than year now. More civilised UK any thing doing for that?

    kick Thursday, 29 December 2011 03:55 AM

    with these fellows we will qualify as ASSiawe ASScharya.

    rana Thursday, 29 December 2011 04:06 AM

    Srilanka has already become the Hub of thuggary. What an achievement??

    ajith Thursday, 29 December 2011 04:13 AM

    If impartial action is not carried out it will be a plus mark to anti Srilankan elements to antagonize against our country.
    These people should be eliminated from the society.They are a burden to the country.

    K. C. John Thursday, 29 December 2011 04:18 AM

    Disgrace!

    kulatunga Thursday, 29 December 2011 04:42 AM

    One tourist killed but how many locals are at the mercy of these thugs?

    Kenny_G Thursday, 29 December 2011 04:44 AM

    The whole country knows who is behind this


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