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  • Lasantha killing: First autopsy report  issued to mislead probe Read more >

    Lasantha killing: First autopsy report issued to mislead probe

    by Nirmala Kannangara. It has now proved that the first autopsy report of the Founding Editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper, Lasantha Manilal Wickrematunge had been issued to mislead investigations, similar to that of former Havelock Sports Club Captain Wasim Thajudeen. On Thursday, August 10 the second postmortem report of Wickrematunge was produced before the […]

  • Army spies arrested over Lasantha Wickrematunge murder Read more >

    Army spies arrested over Lasantha Wickrematunge murder

    Five arrested military intelligence officers are suspected of killing prominent anti-establishment newspaper editor. Lasantha Wickrematunge was the chief editor of the Sunday Leader [File: Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP]Lasantha Wickrematunge was the chief editor of the Sunday Leader [File: Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP] Sri Lankan police have arrested five military intelligence officers on suspicion of killing a well-known anti-establishment newspaper […]

  • Sri Lanka: Probe Into Lasantha’s Murder Takes A Twist Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Probe Into Lasantha’s Murder Takes A Twist

    Image: Maj. Gen. Kapila Hendawitharana, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Field Marshal Fonseka. by Nirmala Kannangara. Fonseka pointed the finger directly at former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa;   Gotabaya Rajapaksa directly centralised and supervised all security and intelligence operations in and around Colombo. The investigation into the murder of founding editor […]

  • Gota Called For Lasantha’s Phone Details Claiming ‘National Security’ Read more >

    Gota Called For Lasantha’s Phone Details Claiming ‘National Security’

    by Nirmala Kannangara. Sequence of events that took place last week is to be in favour of the Founding Editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge and Senior Journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda murder and abduction investigations respectively. The removal of the Director, Military Intelligence Unit, Suresh Sallay, who was accused of concealing evidence into Wickrematunge murder […]

  • Lasantha Murder Investigation Runs In To Obstaclas From Above Read more >

    Lasantha Murder Investigation Runs In To Obstaclas From Above

    Image: A campaign in Colombo calling for justice for the murdered and abducted journalists. Recent media reports  indicate that government higher ups have placed obstacles to slow down the investigation in to the killing of founding editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge. Quoting unnamed CID ( Criminal Investigation Division of the Police) sources  the […]

  • Lasantha Killing: Army’s Top Spy Accused at Identity Parade Read more >

    Lasantha Killing: Army’s Top Spy Accused at Identity Parade

    (Lasantha Wickrematunge ) And Then ‘They’ Came For Him. by Vimukthi Yapa. But who is “they”? One household employee of Wickrematunge had harboured a suspicion that “they” were sent by former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, a suspicion that he had openly voiced. That suspicion did not win the employee a lawsuit or even the ignobility […]

  • Army Sergeant Arrested Over Lasantha Wickremetunge Murder Read more >

    Army Sergeant Arrested Over Lasantha Wickremetunge Murder

    (Poster calling for justice in Lasantha Wickrematunge killing). A Sergeant of the Sri Lanka Army, attached to the intelligence unit, was arrested over the murder of former Editor-in-Chief of the Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge, police said. This arrest came months after police sought public assistance in tracking down suspects in the murder. Police recently repeated […]

  • Army Comm, DMI Head  Not Cooperating on Criminal Investigations Read more >

    Army Comm, DMI Head Not Cooperating on Criminal Investigations

    ( President Sirisena: is he unable to get Military leaders in line? Image courtesy AP/Eranga Jayawardana) By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is contemplating filing criminal charges against the Commander of the Sri Lanka Army and the head of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) if the military fail to cooperate in […]

  • Sri Lanka:Police Release Sketches of Lasantha’s Assassins Read more >

    Sri Lanka:Police Release Sketches of Lasantha’s Assassins

    The Colombo Crimes Division today released sketches of two suspects connected to the murder of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. Police said one suspect was about 35-years old, 5’8 with wide brown eyes and a stocky build. The second suspect was about 40-years old, 5’10 with a dark complexion. Police said the sketches were drawn […]

  • Sri Lanka’s High Profile Editor Murder Probe Takes New Turn Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s High Profile Editor Murder Probe Takes New Turn

    Investigations into the assassination of high profile editor Lasantha Wickrematunga has taken a new turn with the authorities focusing on top police officers who may have been involved in a huge cover up. The then Inspector-General Jayantha Wickremaratne and the then Deputy Inspector General Prasanna Nanayakkara have been questioned by the Criminal Investigations Department about […]

  • Investigations on Prageeth, Lasantha and Raviraj Face Disruptions Read more >

    Investigations on Prageeth, Lasantha and Raviraj Face Disruptions

    (Photo: Doctors trying get Lasantha Wickramatunga’s life back) The CID is reportedly facing continuous disruptions in its investigations into the killings of MP Nadaraja Raviraj and senior journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga and the forced disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda. A top official of the CID explained this to a head of the prime minister’s office when […]

  • Sri Lanka: IFJ Welcomes The Reopening Of  Lasantha Wickrematunge Murder Investigation Read more >

    Sri Lanka: IFJ Welcomes The Reopening Of Lasantha Wickrematunge Murder Investigation

    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliates the Free Media Movement (FMM) and the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA) in welcoming the Sri Lankan government’s decision to reopen investigations into the murder of editor Lasantha Wickrematunge in 2009. Wickrematunge, the founder and editor of The Sunday Leader, was assassinated in January 8, […]

  • Sri Lanka To Reinvestigate High-Profile Killings Read more >

    Sri Lanka To Reinvestigate High-Profile Killings

    [ Killing of Nadaraja Raviraj too will be re-investigated] Colombo: Sri Lanka’s new government will reinvestigate high-profile assassinations including those of a newspaper editor and politicians that were alleged to have had state backing during the previous administration, a minister said Wednesday. The killings of Lasantha Wickrematunge, editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper, Tamil lawmakers […]

  • Ex-Sri Lanka Leader’s Brother Accused Of Killing Editor Read more >

    Ex-Sri Lanka Leader’s Brother Accused Of Killing Editor

    [ Funeral possession of Lasantha Wickrematunga ] Colombo (AFP) – Sri Lankan authorities are investigating a claim that the toppled president’s younger brother ran a “death squad” and ordered a high-profile newspaper editor’s assassination, a police spokesman said Sunday. Former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse ordered the hit on Lasantha Wickrematunga in January 2009, ex-public relations […]

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