CID to grill Mahinda on abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is to question former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr.

The CID has told Rajapaksa they will visit his home on August 17 to record the statement.

 Last year six Army officers were arrested in the case over the abduction and assault of journalist Keith Noyhar but were later granted bail.

Noyahr was abducted in May 2008 and was severely assaulted before being set free.

 The former Associate Editor of The Nation newspaper fled the country with his family following the incident fearing for his life. (Colombo Gazette)

Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa has been noticed to appear before the CID on 17 August to record a statement with regard to a case of the alleged assault and abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr, informed sources from the CID said.

Senior DIG of the CID, Ravi Seneviratne issued the notice.

A few CID officers had already left for Australia to record a statement from Noyahr who is currently domiciled there.

Connected to the case, former Head of Army Intelligence, retired Major General Amal Karunasekera is currently in remand prison, while a few other suspects in the case, former Army Intelligence Officers R.B.M.W. Bulathwatta, S.A. Hemachandra, Prabath Weerakoon, Lasantha Wimalaweera, Nishantha Jayathileke, Nishantha Kumara and C. Jayasuriya have been enlarged on bail.  (KP)

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