by Kasun Pussawela
According to information received, the witness is said to be a close associate of the Rajapaksa family and was facing several charges against him over large scale fraud. He was a person who had fled the country and went into hiding in London.
However, he had allegedly agreed to provide vital information with regard to the Thadjudeen murder and was to travel to Sri Lanka to provide evidence.
The lawyers representing the Thadjudeen family had been in close contact with the said witness and he had expressed willingness to testify in the case.
However, over the past two weeks, the witness had ceased all communications and had allegedly disappeared without a trace.
Meanwhile, a driver known as Captain Tissa, who had reportedly worked for the former President, is expected to be taken into custody next week.
Further, the CID is also expected to question the former DIG Anura Senanayake, who was in charge of the case, and the JMO who conducted the first autopsy, Dr. Ananda Samarasekera.
According to the court orders issued on the 10th of this month, the report on the CCTV footage and the statements obtained from DIG Senanayake and Dr. Samarasekera are scheduled to be presented in court next week.