Dec 01, 2016

Court orders proper questioning over Thajudeen murder case Featured

Colombo additional magistrate Nishantha Peiris yesterday (30) ordered the CID to summon persons, irrespective of their positions, if information came to light through telephone lines connecting Temple Trees and Carlton House over the murder of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen.

The law does not consider any person to be special and all are equal before the law, he noted, adding that the investigation should be expedited.

Also, courts have not issued any injunction against Dr. Ananda Samarasekara, and if there is adequate evidence against him, action should be taken against him under the criminal procedure code, the additional magistrate instructed.

No progress in investigation

He was considering submissions by the aggrieved party that the investigation was making no progress, and that only two suspects have been arrested so far.

The two suspects appeared for the hearing and were remanded further, until January 14.

State counsel Dilan Perera said clarifications have been obtained from the state finance director regarding the return of state property and from the health ministry director with regard to the handover of bone samples.

Also, statements have been obtained from a sub inspector and a constable who had been on duty at the operations room of the President’s House at the time of the killing.

The lawyer for the aggrieved party said the second postmortem examination confirmed that Thajudeen had not died in a vehicle accident, but that he had been murdered.

He questioned as to why Dr. Samarasekara had not been arrested although his conduct with regard to the case was suspicious, and alleged the Medical Council was adopting a apathetic approach regarding him.

Considering all the submissions, the additional magistrate noted the case would be five years old next year, and ordered the Medical Council to complete its investigation by December 31, and the CID was instructed to deal appropriately with Dr. Samarasekara.