40 military intelligence personnel quizzed for killing of Lasantha

The Criminal Investigation Department has questioned more than 40 Military Intelligence personnel during the past few weeks in connection with the assassination of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge.

According to Police Headquarters sources, intelligence officers of various ranks including colonel, major, captain and other rankers like sergeant, corporal and private had been summoned for questioning from time to time and had their statements recorded.

Most of them had been summoned in connection with evidence gathered by listening to recordings of telephone conversations between them at around the time of the killing.

The CID will also question a senior military officer and a senior military intelligence officer in due course, the sources said.

Lasantha Wickrematunge was gunned down by two unidentified gunmen on the morning of January 8, 2009 at Attidiya, as he was on his way to work.

Lasantha accused Mahinda Government will kill him.

It is being called “the voice from the grave”, a remarkable and accusing articlewritten by one of Sri Lanka’s best-known journalists and published days after he was murdered in a hail of gunfire.

In a 2,500 word editorial, Lasantha Wickrematunge foresees his own death, hints at the identity of the killers from within the ranks of Sri Lanka’s government, and lays out a gripping and detailed account of what he sees as his country’s descent into persecution of citizens and flouting of democracy.

“When finally I am killed, it will be the government that kills me,” he wrote. Addressing Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapakse – a close friend – he says: “In the wake of my death I know you will make all the usual sanctimonious noises and call upon the police to hold a swift and thorough inquiry. But like all the inquiries you have ordered in the past, nothing will come of this one, too. For truth be told, we both know who will be behind my death.”

Wickrematunge was shot in the head in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, by two gunman on a motorcycle as he drove to work on Thursday. More than 4,000 people attended his funeral yesterday, including opposition leaders and human rights activists.

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Jump to DeathThe Leader was particularly critical in its coverage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. In 2008, Mahinda Rajapaksa, furious over the paper’s reporting, called Wickrematunge and shouted at him that he would be killed if the paper’s coverage did not change; the president had also described him as a “terrorist journalist”.

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And Then They Came For Me

First they came for the Jews,             and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists,             and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.

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