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* CID starts investigating PSD officers over rugby player's murder
Wed, Jul 20, 2016, 08:57 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 20, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police has launched an investigation into the involvement of former Presidential Security Division (PSD) officers in the murder of the national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen, the CID told the Colombo Magistrate Court today.

When the Thajudeen case was heard before Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris today, the CID told the court that a staff sergeant named Udaya Nagahawatte, who was serving in the PSD under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was questioned extensively.

In addition four other PSD officers are under investigation, the CID told the court.

The police also said that they are investigating the mobile phone calls received by the officer Damian Fernando, who was the Narahenpita OIC at the time of the crime.

Considering the facts presented, the court postponed the next hearing of the case to 03 August.

Former Senior DIG Anura Senanayake and former Narahenpita Crimes OIC Sumith Perera, who are in remand custody over the case, were further remanded till August 3.

They informed court that they have filed bail applications with the Colombo High Court since the Additional Magistrate had earlier directed that he does not have jurisdiction to grant bail to the two suspects.


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