Oct 12, 2018

CID told to catch big fish, not small fry Featured

The lawyer for the aggrieved party in a court case has reprimanded the CID and told them to arrest the big fish in crime, instead of catching the small fry.

Lawyer Achala Seneviratne criticized the police when Colombo Fort magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday (11) took up a case in connection with the abduction and enforced disappearance of 11 youths in 2008.

The CID produced a suspect, the manager of a foreign employment agency who had allegedly aided and abetted a suspect, Lt. Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi, who is now in remand custody.

The manager, Laksiri, is accused of helping an illegal immigration by faking a passport by the name Ashoka for Hettiarachchi and buying air tickets to that name.

The magistrate inquired from the CID if the other suspects in the case would be produced before the court.

Another accused is chief of defence staff Admiral Ravi Wijegunaratne, who too, had reportedly harboured Hettiarachchi.

MaithreepalaSirise 600px 15 12 17“Probing incidents unrelated to war is not hunting down of war heroes” – Maithripala SirisenaDuring a meeting in New York with Sri Lankans in the US, president Maithripala Sirisena said investigations into members of the military involved in incidents unrelated to the war would by no means a hunting down of war heroes.

Punishing those responsible for such crimes would be an act of honour for the true war heroes that will also give them international recognition, he said.

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