A van suspected to have been used for several crimes including the abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr in 2008 was found from a house at Piliyandala, police spokesman Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Priyantha Jayakody said.
The van was found by officers of the Crime Investigation Division (CID) from a house of a woman who was suspected being mistress of Army Major Bulathwatta.
Police suspects this van may have been used for the murder of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge and several other crimes.
CID Tells Courts “The Sunday Leader” Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge was Killed by Army Intelligence Officers.
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. It is suspected that Rajapaksha gave the orders to the CID to kill the journalists.
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