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Jan 03, 2018

Ex-LTTE member gives closed-door statement to court (video) Featured

Colombo Fort magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday (02) obtained a closed-door statement from a former LTTE member, who claimed that a Navy group had abducted, tortured and killed persons eight years ago, according to radiogagana.com.

The court was taking up a case filed by the CID against six Navy personnel, including former intelligence chief Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake, over the abduction of 11 youths, mainly Tamils, during 2008-2009.

The magistrate obtained the statement from B.M. Vijayakanthan alias Podi Malli, also an ex-Navy informant, after lawyers for the accused claimed contradictory content in evidence submitted by the CID.

The CID report in question in June 2009 quoted Vijayakanthan as having said one of the suspects, Lt. Com. Sumith Ranasinghe, had killed some persons who had been imprisoned at Gunside underground camp in Trincomalee, and dumped their bodies into the sea.

Lawyer for the suspects, Maj. Ajith Prasanna has told the media that the CID has obtained a signature from Vijayakanthan to a document in Sinhala, a language which he did not know.

The CID informed courts that they were searching to arrest several other suspects.

The case will be taken up again on January 16.

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