July 16, Colombo: Police media spokesperson Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara says that suspects including former Navy Media Spokesman Commodore D.K.P Dassanayake were arrested in connection to the disappearance of 11 youth following a comprehensive investigation.
He said Dassanayake was arrested following an investigation conducted into a complaint lodged by the former Navy Commander admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, who was the commander during the Rajapaksa government when the abductions took place.
Attending a media briefing held at the Government Information Department in Colombo today, the Police spokesperson said there is clear evidence pertaining to the suspects arrested over the involvement of the disappearances on 11 youth between the years of 2008 and 2009.
He explained that an extensive in-depth investigation into the disappearances on 11 youth was completed and the evidence including analysis of phone conversations clearly point to the culpability of the suspects.
He said the Criminal Investigations Department has been able to determine where the youth were detained through the reports obtained from the telephone calls. Also, the parents of the disappeared youth have met with the suspect seeking to find their children and there is oral evidence as well as scientific evidence to prove his involvement.
The CID has obtained reports on the abducted youth from intelligence agencies of the tri-forces and investigations have confirmed that the 11 youths were not involved in any terror related activities. The spokesman said it was clear the only motive for the abductions is to extort money from the parents.
The Police Media Spokesman said seven suspects have been arrested in connection with the abductions and all of them are Navy personnel.
He said the arrests were made after a comprehensive investigation and complaints can be filed if any party challenges that the arrests.
Responding to questions, SP Gunasekara said the fate of the 11 youths has not been found yet. However, the CID investigations have found that they were detained at two locations, one in Chaithya Road in Colombo and in the Trincomalee Navy camp.
The spokesperson added that the CID has received complaints over 28 other disappearances and investigations will be held into the other cases as well.