Former Crimes OIC of the Narahenpita police, Sumith Champika Perera has shared vital information over the cover up of former ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen’s murder, including the details of several others who had played a part in concealing the murder.
Perera, who was arrested and subsequently remanded on Thursday for concealing the murder, had informed the CID the names of the ‘higher authorities’ from where he received the order to cover up Thajudeen’s murder.
Highly placed sources said that, the newly appointed IGP Pujith Jayasundara had been informed about the development, and upon his instructions Perera was arrested, just hours after Jayasundara took over office.
Over the next few weeks, more arrests are likely, including those named by the former Crimes OIC, who have been directly involved in concealing the murder of Thajudeen. In February, Colombo Additional Magistrate, Nishantha Pieris ruled that Thajudeen was murdered, and ordered the CID to arrest the suspects in connection to the murder.
Six suspects, including ‘Captain Tissa‘, the personal chauffer of former President Rajapaksa, who also served as a bodyguard to former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, and their sons, Namal and Yoshitha have been identified as a possible suspect by CID.
Thajudeen, a Sri Lankan ruggerite and former Havelock SC captain, was killed in Colombo in May 2012, and the police initially ruled it as a death by accident.
In his maiden press conference on Friday, IGP Jayasundara said that the investigation cannot be rushed, as there were procedures to follow. He however assured that everyone involved in the murder, despite their political standing, will be taken into custody. ( By Munza Mushtaq © Colombo Telegraph )