Former Navy Commander and Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne had been summoned by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to give a statement today, CID sources said.
He was summoned to give a statement with regard to the abduction of 11 youths in 2008 and 2009.
Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne on August 29 ordered the CID to take necessary action to arrest former Navy Commander and Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne if there is sufficient evidence to prove that he had aided and abetted a Navy Officer, Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi alias Navy Sampath, to evade court where the magisterial inquiry into the disappearance of 11 youths was underway.
'Navy Sampath', who was the main suspect to the incident, was arrested by the arrested CID on Lotus Road in Colombo with a fake identity card on August 13.
CID sources told Daily Mirror however that there was a real possibility that CDS Wijegunaratne will not appear in front of the CID for them to record his statement.
A high-up in the CID said that it will initiate legal action against CDS Wijegunaratne if he failed to appear in front of them today. (Darshana Sanjeewa)
Buddgi Perera Monday, 10 September 2018 06:06 AM
Persons who ruined the good name of our armed forces
Murugayya Monday, 10 September 2018 08:50 AM
Totally disagreed this allegations .Admiral Ravi is war hero . He is a dedicated officer and founder of the Sri Lanka Navy's Special Forces (SBS) .Really disgusting this allegations against him .
Lord Wolfstein Monday, 10 September 2018 09:19 AM
If this naval officer has committed crimes he is not a war hero. As long as his guilt or innocence is not proven, he must be suspended from duty. A man who is under such a serious suspicion is not sustainable for the forces.
Sanjeewa Monday, 10 September 2018 10:37 AM
Murugayya, be patient. He will clear his name if allegations are baseless. However, please understand that war hero or contribution to the war should not prevent criminal action if involved in this alleged dastardly crime.
Premalal Monday, 10 September 2018 10:46 AM
The law has to take its course for heroes and zeros alike. No one should get a pass on that. By the way is this the same hero who assaulted a journo?
Jaliya Monday, 10 September 2018 08:50 AM
One a criminal will always be a criminal ... once a criminal who was on the politico's payroll .... now the criminal is on the taxpayer payroll.
Hemantha Monday, 10 September 2018 09:25 AM
Put this dirty criminal behind bars, maybe then justice will be served. Looks like the armed forces operated underworld activities back then.
Warren Raed Monday, 10 September 2018 09:42 AM
We know one thing. He will not come and he will not be arrested either. I say this because if it was an ordinary citizen, he will not be summoned instead he will be arrested. Summoning him itself is a joke. That shows the inefficiency and incapability of the CID.
Nimo Monday, 10 September 2018 10:00 AM
Don’t jump into conclusion, let the investigation prevail.Let’s see who will have last laugh.
visvasam nayar Monday, 10 September 2018 10:02 AM
All these boys are innocent. This is done for a kappam not for the country. Therefore these fellows must be hang,
lankan Monday, 10 September 2018 10:35 AM
he must be suspended until the inquiries are over. the allegations are very serious.
Ceylon Monday, 10 September 2018 10:44 AM
These are rarely revealed crimes.thousa ds and more thousands are under the carpet.innescent killings are in tens of thousands.
Mandayan Monday, 10 September 2018 11:04 AM
If he is not cooperating, court should order suspension of his pay from state coffers to make him cooperate.
CITIZEN Monday, 10 September 2018 05:32 PM
Don't worry he will be punished with an appointment as Ambassador to one of the top Capitals in the world, a la YAHAPALANAYA!!!
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