By Ruwan Laknath Jayakody –
Sources close to the family of murdered ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen said that with the change that had taken place in the portfolio of the Minister of Law and Order, Thajudeen’s family as the aggrieved party in the presently ongoing case before the Magistrate’s Court, expected much in terms of justice despite the lack of faith in the present state of affairs with regard to the case.
The incumbent Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara succeeded Sagala Ratnayake as the Minister of Law and Order.
Sources including attorneys connected to the case queried as to whether the change to the helm of the aforementioned Ministerial subject would also reflect in a change in the Thajudeen matter, in a manner akin to the recent developments in the Magistrate’s Court case pertaining to the Welikada Prisonincident of November 2012, which claimed the lives of 27 prisoners, and pertaining to which two arrests have already been made.
The sources further claimed that neither Thajudeen’s family nor the counsels appearing on behalf of them were kept abreast of the state of the matter and of any developments, if any.
“No one knows what is happening. There is nothing constructive taking place. Despite sufficient material and documentary evidence being available to the Criminal Investigation Department against former Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) Dr. Ananda Samarasekera who performed the initial post-mortem examination of the deceased, including how he threatened subordinate JMOs to write the relevant report the way he wanted to (to make it look like an accidental death as opposed to a homicide, the latter proved in a report by the incumbent Colombo Chief JMO Dr. Ajith Tennakoon who conduct another autopsy), how the latter obtained bail and the reports filed in connection to him are quite fishy. Why is he not being taken to task? His acts of commission and omission are not mistakes or a case of oversight. We feel that there is some hanky-panky with the Attorney General or the Police. We have lost faith in the whole case,” the sources emphasized.
Three suspects namely Dr. Samarasekara, former Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Western Province Anura Senanayake and former Officer-In-Charge of the Crimes Division of the Narahenpita Police Sumith Champika Perera were previously arrested in relation to the case. They have presently been enlarged on bail.