Lasantha killing: Second suspect discharged

2013-09-06 11:32:52

Second suspect Kandegedera Priyawansa, who had been on bail in connection with the killing of former Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickremethunga was discharged by Mount Lavinia Chief Magistrate Rangajeewa Wimalasena.

The first suspect Pitchchai Jesudasan had died while in remand last year. The two men had been arrested by the Terrorist Investigation Division during the investigation into the Editor’s killing at Attidiya Junction in Ratmalana on December 8, 2009.  

Mr. Wickramatunga was waylaid and brutally killed by an armed gang while he was inside his car on his way to office. The magistrate discharged the accused on a request by the TID on the advise of the Attorney General in the absence of adequate evidence to connect him to the incident. (M.S. Perera)

  Comments - 14

  • Das Friday, 6 September 2013 11:53

    So far,the postmortem report on the body of Lasantha has not been divulged - being the most important piece of evidence giving the time,manner and cause of death.
    This appears to be so, in ALL murder cases nowadays.
    The lawyers and judges ignore this. In the old days,the reading of the postmortem report in court was the first item in the agenda of every murder case. Not so,now.
    Will the Daily Mirror probe this strange development?

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    Jagath Friday, 6 September 2013 12:01

    With time all suspected suspects will be discharged from prison to their home or to heaven and hell. Case closed

    Reply : 0       16

    Jagath Friday, 6 September 2013 12:13

    I can hear the mastermind behind this murder is laughing after reading my previous comment.
    Well done you master murderer...

    Reply : 0       15

    Shaik Anwar Ahamath Friday, 6 September 2013 14:48

    If a murder committed in broad daylight, in front of many witnesses could not be solved, then we don't much hope of satisfactorily solving any murder.

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    aneurism Saturday, 7 September 2013 03:01

    well said

    Reply : 0       7

    Labby Saturday, 7 September 2013 05:01

    It's just a matter of time before all suspects in the killing of Baratha Lakshman too are discharged.

    Reply : 0       8

    Government of curse Saturday, 7 September 2013 05:26

    Shame on you media guys ....if we don't have the confidence of the law n the police , we have to turn to you guys...
    These type of things should stop...
    Apply sharia law a buddist this is the best reamady

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    Renu Saturday, 7 September 2013 05:27

    So Lasantha has killed himself on his way rto work at Attidiya. Killers & the Planners are sitting pretty, but Karmic forces will takew effect on them very soon

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    Mason Saturday, 7 September 2013 06:32

    These are murders that need not be solved, for reasons best known to those in the Law and Order business.

    Reply : 0       12

    Pasel Saturday, 7 September 2013 06:46

    Why the court didnt say anything about these second suspect died while police custody and any compensation for him

    Reply : 0       5

    13 day bride Saturday, 7 September 2013 09:13

    It is very clear and obvious to all who carried out the orders to assassinate lasantha seeing as this was done in a well armed attack in broad day light close to the end of the war

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    Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 7 September 2013 12:19

    So looks like the final verdict would be "Lasantha killed himself to spoil the good name of the regime as part of an imperialist plot aimed at destabilising the country" And then, they all lived happily (for some time!)

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    VoiceOfLanka Saturday, 7 September 2013 12:49

    A murder in broad daylight before numerous witnesses is about to go as 'unaccounted' after 4 years and murderers are let to run free. Speaks volumes of the gutter depth we are in as a Country despite accusing foreigners of conspiracies.

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    FOX Saturday, 7 September 2013 13:41


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