Lasantha killing: Ex DIG makes confidential statement

Former Senior Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Hemantha Adhikari yesterday made a confidential statement regarding the murder of former Sunday Leader Editor late Lasantha Wickrematunge before Mount Lavina Magistrate Mohamed Mihail.

The statement was made in the Magistrate’s Chamber.

When the case was called, on previous hearing (February,16), the CID informed Court that former Senior DIG Hemantha Adhikari, who held previous investigations into the murder of Mr Wickrematunge, had volunteered to make a statement to the Magistrate regarding the murder.

Earlier, the Court had impounded the passports of former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jayantha Wickewmaratne, former DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara and former Senior DIG Hemantha Adhikari following submissions made to the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court by the CID regarding the investigations follows into the murder case.

The CID had arrested former Crimes OIC Mount Lavinia Tissa Sugathapala and former DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara on alleged concealing of evidence into the investigations of the former Editor’s murder.

Both suspects were ordered to be remanded till March 02 by Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court. (Yoshitha Perera)