Feb 02, 2018

Police in mix-up of suspect in abductions Featured

Police have created a mix-up in a court case by getting another suspect’s name mentioned as a Navy officer evading the law for nearly one year, according to radiogagana.com.

The wanted man is Lt. Commander Hettiarachchi Mudiyanselage Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi over the abduction, detention and murder of 11 persons during the previous regime.

The Colombo Fort magistrate on January 16 issued an international warrant for his arrest.

Mix-up is surprising - ITJP

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Two weeks later, police headquarters in a statement seeking public assistance to arrest the suspect, said he was also known as Navy Sampath.

However, that alias belongs to another suspect in the same case presently out on bail, Lt. Commander Munasinghe Arachchige Don Nilantha Sampath Munasinghe.

The statement was issued on January 31, signed by police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara.

The ITJP has expressed surprise over this mix-up of names by the police.

Navy Sampath was arrested on 10 June 2009 on a complaint by the then Navy commander Wasantha Karannagoda that he was having connections with the LTTE.

Also accused over Raviraj murder

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He too, is accused over the abduction of the 11 persons from Dehiwala, Kotahena, Jaela and Katunayake areas.

Sampath Munasinghe is the first accused and along with six other suspects, have been enlarged on bail, while two others remain in remand custody.

The CID has informed courts that the suspect evading the law, Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi, has fled the country.

He is also a suspect in the murder of TNA MP Nadaraja Raviraj 10 years ago.

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