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* Narahenpita Police OIC arrested for concealing evidence in rugby player's death granted bail
Thu, Feb 16, 2017, 01:14 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 16, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to a senior police officer who was arrested and in remand custody for allegedly concealing evidence in the death of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.

Colombo High Court judge Manilal Vaidyathilaka released the former Crimes Officer-In-Charge of Narahenpita police, Sumith Champika Perera on bail today.

Perera was released on a cash bail of Rs. 100,000 and three sureties of Rs. one million each.

The judge imposed a foreign travel ban and ordered the suspect to appear before the CID once every month.

The former OIC was arrested by the CID in April 2016 on charges of concealing evidence in the Wasim Thajudeen murder case.

Thajudeen died on May 17, 2012 in Kirulapone when his car crashed into a wall and caught fire. Earlier it was ruled as an accidental death but the recent investigations by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had found that the player was killed before the accident and the accident was staged.

During its investigations into the murder, the CID has found that the former OIC concealed the evidence of foul play in the death of the player.

The former Crimes OIC has told the CID that he received orders from higher ranking police officers not to conduct further investigations into the murder.


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