Software engineer arrested over NMRA data loss remanded

The software engineer of Epic Lanka Technologies who was arrested in connection with the erasure of National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) data has been remanded until October 06.

The case was taken up before Colombo Additional Magistrate Shalani Perera earlier today after the suspect was directed to the Judicial Medical Officer (JMO).

Presenting submissions, Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris had sought the court to remand the accused as investigations into the matter are yet to be completed while the defence attorney requested his client to be granted bail.

The additional magistrate stated that a reasonable period of time is needed to further investigate the incident due to the subtlety of the manner in which the crime was committed and the complexity of the probe.

Accordingly, she ordered to place the suspect under remand custody for a week and rejected his request to be released on bail.

The Criminal Investigation Department had taken the software engineer in question into custody in the area of Wellapita in Divulapitiya yesterday (Sep. 28).

During interrogations, the suspect has divulged that he had erased the relevant data from the database using a special command.

The investigating officers have uncovered that the IP address of the source of the command and the IP address of the software engineer’s computer is the same.

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