Three suspects turn state witnesses

By Niranjala Ariyawansha

Three murder suspects in the ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen murder case have agreed to turn State witnesses, a top CID source revealed.
He told Ceylon Today that the CID had broken through dramatically in its probe identifying 16 suspects in the Narahenpita killing, among them are a few senior police officers who have agreed to turn State witnesses.

“We are also about to arrest several government officials including a former medical specialist and several other police officers who have been guilty of intentionally distorting and concealing facts about Thajudeen’s murder.

“Other charges against them are wilful undermining of the probe and destroying evidence,” he said, adding that “some military officers and a politician” are also among the suspects to be arrested.

He said the probe had particularly discovered that there has been an elaborate effort to lead it on to a false trail and derail it.

Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris ruled on 25 February that Wasim Thajudeen had been killed and had not met his death through accidental causes. He then ordered the CID to arrest all the suspects in the killing within 30 days of his order.

Thajudeen’s semi-charred body was found in a burnt car that had apparently crashed into a boundary wall near the Shalika Grounds in Narahenpita on 17 May 2012.