Sep 12, 2017

Gota to CID over Welikada inmates killing! Featured

The CID is to question, within the next few weeks, former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, ex-Army chief Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya, former senior DIG Anura Senanayake and other top officers in connection with the killing of 27 inmates of Welikada Prison.

Statements have so far been obtained from several prison, army and police officers regarding the shooting dead of the prisoners during a riot on 11 November 2012.

Ex-Army commander, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka has accused Jayasuriya, a successor of his, of direct involvement in the incident.

The STF commandant at the time and several other policemen were injured.

Eyewitnesses have informed lawyers and victims’ relatives a group was chosen from among the prisoners according to a list, made to kneel down and shot on the head.

Gunshots were fired recently at the home of key witness Suresh Nandimal at Moratuwa.

Writ petition hearing today

A writ petition filed by him will be taken up by the court of appeal today (12).

Also, a protest is to be held in front of Welikada Prison, starting at 12.30 pm, to protest the prisoners’ killing and over several other matters.

On September 15 at Mahaweli Centre, journalist Kasun Pussawela will launch an investigative book into the incident.

It is based on his articles for ‘Ravaya’ and ‘Irudina’ and the report by a second committee of investigation.

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