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Wasim Thajudeen: A murder with no murderer


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Days were few and rare when the investigation into the murder of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen did not become the topic in many media conferences and election stages before the Yahapalana government came into power. Former President Maithripala Sirisena, especially during the election campaign in 2015, used photos of Thajudeen to criticise the state of affairs under former President and newly elected Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s rule. With so many promises to serve justice for the ruggerite, the developments in the investigation made headlines every other day in Sri Lankan media.  

Eight years have passed since the murder. There is no suspect found to have been directly involved in the murder of one of the most promising rugby players in Sri Lanka. With the change of the governments and the broken promises, the masterminds behind the crime are still enjoying impunity.  

Expressing their complete disappointment, Thajudeen’s family told the Daily Mirror that the investigation and the hearings into his murder have turned out to be a mockery. Last Monday (10) marked five years since his body was exhumed for the second post mortem, his sister Ayesha Thajudeen shared an emotional status on her Facebook account about the status of inquiry into her brother’s murder.  

“Today I stand lost after all our efforts to see justice to your death. It is five years for today since your body was exhumed. It was an experience that broke our hearts further. I still remember the struggle we went through to convince Umma and Wappa for this, with the hope that was pushing me, that taking your body out will be scientific evidence to serve justice by your death,” she wrote.  

Commenting on her hopes for the conclusion of the investigation, she told the Daily Mirror that for her, nothing will bring justice in a court of law in this country and that she believes it is only the Almighty who can serve justice.  

Staged car crash

The CID had informed the court that investigations conducted so far had revealed that Thajudeen’s teeth had been broken, muscles in his legs had been cut with a piece of broken glass, the bones in the pelvic region had been also broken and his neck was pierced with a sharp instrument before his death. Earlier, the Police maintained that Thajudeen was driving to the airport and had lost control of his car and crashed onto the wall of Shalika Grounds and that his vehicle had exploded within seconds after the crash. 

However, the second post mortem also notes: “Considering all the observations and comments given above, we are of the opinion that the deceased was not driving the vehicle at the time of the said accident or commencement of the fire. It is highly probable that the incapacitated person was kept on the passenger seat by another person”.   
The report concluded that the cause of death was the “effects of multiple injuries caused by blunt weapon(s) and effects of fire”. 

  Comments - 21

  • Prem-Ice Wednesday, 12 August 2020 06:09 AM

    No problem, MR agreed to investigate this murder before 2015 elections, in fact one of his promises!!!

    Andrew Silva Wednesday, 12 August 2020 07:28 AM

    The suspect is supposed to be in the new pick of politicians. The case will be buried for another 5 years. Good bye to Sri Lanka justice.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 12 August 2020 10:03 AM

    All those in the highest portals of power and family members are involved in this murder. It is thus obvious the reason why this murder will remain unsolved. This is also a country of a majority who do not have ethics, principles or simply good culture, otherwise why should they be voting in murderous families over and over again.

    MUBARAK MOHAMMED Wednesday, 12 August 2020 11:45 AM


    mohan d mendis Wednesday, 12 August 2020 12:24 PM

    Its high time, the family sues the yahaplana leaders for broken promises

    Asanka Wednesday, 12 August 2020 12:39 PM

    Excuse me but people gave Ranil and the UNP lead Yahapalana Government 5 years to do justice, not only for Thajudeen but for so many people who were ruthlessly murdered. But Ranil betrayed everyone including his voters. Ultimately he got what he deserved. Come on, you can't expect Rajapakshe's to bring justice.

    Aristotle Wednesday, 12 August 2020 12:40 PM

    The case is already handed over to the archaeological department. In 100 years time they will excavate, find fossils and investigations will start again. Only the archaeologists then come to the right conclusion about the murderers and plot. But long before that we will experience a natural annihilation of 3 generations of a certain bloodline through a Curse.

    devdatta Wednesday, 12 August 2020 02:52 PM

    i am sure the heading without the concerned name can be used as our new tourism promotion SLOGAN

    Ravi Wednesday, 12 August 2020 04:26 PM

    Justice will prevail. God of heaven is the righteous judge.

    lord pakeer Wednesday, 12 August 2020 04:38 PM

    This guy was a top class womaniser and drunkard

    Ratne Friday, 14 August 2020 10:18 PM

    Hence deserved to be brutally murdered and his body burned to ashes ?? Is that what you are trying say !!!!

    DEA Wednesday, 12 August 2020 06:45 PM

    To : Lord pakeer - You bloody moron then half of the men in this country should be murdered. F**king Donkey !

    Gajaman Wednesday, 12 August 2020 08:38 PM

    Silly Lanka a country like no other...lion to be replaced by the Banana in the flag.

    Lanka putha Wednesday, 12 August 2020 08:48 PM

    Don't worry our new sports minister will look in to it and on top he is a very good lawyer too.

    Thor Thursday, 13 August 2020 06:19 AM

    The murderer is there- hiding in plain sight and even the new Sports Minister could(or maybe will not) do nothing about it!!!!!!

    Jehan Saturday, 15 August 2020 10:12 AM

    It was a job done by MR family. The evidence is clear. Phone records are there. Crimes like this will haunt the country if people keep silent. More turmoil is expected.

    Lankanatha Devi Saturday, 15 August 2020 03:17 PM

    Why silly SL people asking/repeating this Gon Question again? Ask Ranil Wassa and Gon Giramaya. Not the current government. They are innocent people not responsible. RBW and MsLady are responsible. How much money people have wasted! Now Ms given an 800 million mansion. Ask them.

    lucky rajapakse Sunday, 16 August 2020 02:25 PM

    Be patient the wheel of KARMA turns may be slowly but definitelySURELY.So be patient the wheel of karma is turning. the results will be visible to all and sundry.

    Padmal Wickram Sunday, 16 August 2020 06:09 PM

    I feel extremely sorry for the Thjudeen family ,having to go through the unbearable pain for the rest of their lives.I am a practising Buddhist.It does not matter which religion one is practising,"What goes around comes around."I strongly believing it.With experience I am saying this.

    Buddhist Sunday, 16 August 2020 09:43 PM

    This is similar to Namal's Aunty's gem malla and Basil's now owner gost mansion. Judiciary in SL is highly inefficient and corrupt.

    Justenian Monday, 17 August 2020 03:45 AM

    Can anyone receive JUSTICE in Sri Lanka, a country not like any other.

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