The Mount Lavinia Magistrate yesterday, 16 July, granted permission to the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) to detain and question the Army Intelligence Officer in connection to the murder of Sunday Leader founding editor Lasantha Wickrematunge.
Wickrematunge, a strong critic of the government under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was killed in January 2009 while he was on his way to work.
The Warrant Officer who is attached to the Army Intelligence Unit was arrested by the CID last night. The CID today requested the Magistrate to grant permission to detain and question the officer over his involvement in the murder. The officer is also expected to be produced before an identification parade.
In February, police headquarters released the artist’s impression of two suspects in connection with the murder of Wickrematunge. The sketches were developed based on the witness statements given to the police in connection to the killing.
In May, Mount Lavinia Magistrate Mohammed Sahabdeen ordered the Army to hand over all information and other documents in connection to the assassination of Wickrematunge to the CID. The order was issued to the Army Commander, after the CID presented several facts during a court hearing. Several vital documents in relation to the investigation was in the possession of the Army Intelligence Unit.