Lasantha killing Army Int. men positively involved – CID

By Ananda Weerasuriya

Mount Lavinia Magistrate Mohammad Sahabdeen yesterday dismissed a request for a temporary lifting of the ban imposed on Premananda Udalagama, the Army Intelligence Officer suspected of involvement in the Lasantha Wickrematunge killing, from entering Army Camps.

Udalagama, who was arrested on charges of abducting the driver of late Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha, was recently released on bail but prohibited entering any Army Camp/premises in the country.

When the case was taken for hearing yesterday at the Mt. Lavinia Magistrate’s Court, attorneys for suspect Udalagama making submissions to Court appealed for a temporary lifting of the ban imposed on their client as he has to hand over his ‘resignation from service’ documents to the Army.

The CID making submissions to Court stated that inquiries into the slaying of the former Editor had turned up positive reason to believe that men from the Army Intelligence Unit had been involved in the Wickrematunge murder.
The CID further told Court that the killing had apparently been carried out by intelligence officers under the command of two Majors.

The CID also informed Court that they have also sent the fingerprints lifted from Wickrematunge’s car to the Government Analyst for his opinion. The CID told Court that they have sought contents of Intelligence Unit meetings held at the Defence Ministry for the years 2008 and 2009 but the Head of the Intelligence Unit has to date not complied with the request resulting in the probe being scuttled.

The Magistrate then ordered the attorneys for the suspect to submit to Court at the next hearing of the case the names and addresses of Army camps that their client wishes to visit. He added that the ban imposed on the suspect was part of the bail conditions ordered by Court. The case was postponed to 16 January 2017.