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Abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr : CID to complete probe soon, file charges

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(28June 2018) Mount Lavinia Additional Magistrate Lochana Abeywickrama yesterday re-remanded former military intelligence head retired Major General Amal Karunasekara in connection with the abduction and assault incident of former Nation Deputy Editor Keith Noyahr in 2008, till July 10.

The current Army Intelligence Unit Director briefed the Mount Lavinia Additional Magistrate and the Senior State Counsel Lakmini Girihagama in camera.

Senior State Counsel Girihagama appearing on behalf of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) told the Magistrate that some important points have been revealed during the on camera discussion.

Senior State Counsel Lakmini Girihagama appearing on behalf of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) informed the Magistrate that she could not point out the persons who interfered in the investigations of the Keith Noyahr abduction and assault and the Lasantha Wickrematunge’s murder due to national security.

The SSC also informed the Magistrate that CID officials pleaded from the Prisons Superintendent to hand over the names, identity card numbers, food taken and all other details of the persons who visited the suspect in Prison.

However the Prisons Superintendent had failed to provide the names, identity card numbers, food taken and all other details of the persons who visited the suspect in Prison.

Attorney Shehan de Silva, appearing on behalf of Major General Karunasekara, pleaded that his client be granted bail.

Earlier, the Magistrate ordered the Prisons Superintendent to direct Major General Amal Karunasekara to the Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer due to the request made by SSC Girihagama.

Prison officials informed the Magistrate that former Military Intelligence Director and Army Chief of Staff, Major General (Retired) Amal Karunasekara is in the Colombo National Hospital for judicial medical tests.

Prison officials also stated that the full medical report will be submitted later.

SSC Girihagama also stated that statements were recorded from former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Victor Perera and former senior Deputy Inspector General of Police Anura Senanayake on the abduction and assault of the former Nation Deputy Editor Keith Noyahr.

Some of the statements were recorded from Major Bulathwatte and former Inspector General of Police Jayantha Wickramarathna regarding the case.

According to the statements given by Major Bulathwatte, it has been revealed that the Dompe safe house was maintained by Army Intelligence.

SSC Girihagama stated that CID hopes to complete investigations soon and file the charges or indictments against the suspects.

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