Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickramatunge was shot dead by Army intelligence officers, CID Inspector Nishantha Silva told Mount Lavinia Magistrate Mohammad Sahabdeen today.
He said this while presenting the investigative reports on an Army intelligence officer who was arrested on charges of abducting and detaining the driver who drove Mr. Wickramatunge’s vehicle at the time of his killing.
Earlier, at an identification parade held at the Mount Lavinia Court premises, the driver had identified the Army intelligence officer as the person who abducted and detained him after Mr. Wickramatunge's killing.
Mr. Wickramatunge was shot on the head in broad daylight by two gunmen who had arrived on a motorcycle.
They had forced his vehicle to stop before shooting him dead at Attidiya on January 8, 2009. (Dayaratne Pathirana)