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* Sri Lanka court orders Navy to hand over all documents relevant to absconding ex-Navy officer to CID
Fri, Jun 15, 2018, 10:38 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 15, Colombo: The Colombo Fort Magistrate yesterday issued an order to the Commander of Navy to hand over all the documents requested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) relevant to the former navy officer Lieutenant Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi, who is a suspect in the case of disappearance of 11 youths in 2008 and 2009.

Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne issued this order after considering a request made by the CID Inspector Nishantha de Silva.

The Magistrate also ordered to issue another open warrant against the suspect Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi alias 'Navy Sampath'.

The CID informed the court that investigations are being conducted on the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) and former Navy Commander Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne who is alleged of aiding the suspect to escape.

Inspector Nishantha de Silva informed the court that according to the statements made by Lieutenant Commander Galagamage Laksiri and several others, Hettiarachchi has told them that the former Navy Commander has helped him to flee.

The CID told the court that investigations have revealed that the suspects in the case were lodged in the third and fourth floors of the multistoried Navy officers’ quarters building and the former Navy Commander Ravindra Wijegunaratne was in two units in the seventh floor.

It has been learned that Wijegunaratne has visited the suspect in his apartment during the period that court had issued the warrant and before he disappeared.

Further, they have informed court that Ravindra Wijegunarathne helped Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi to hide in the officers' quarters. The CID said furthered investigations are being carried out and the suspects will be produced before court.

Accepting the submissions made in court, the Magistrate ordered the Criminal Investigations Department to arrest anyone in the Navy who has abetted Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi to escape, and produce them in court.

Two Navy intelligence personnel in custody over the case - Kasthurige Gamini and Thushara Mendis- were further remanded until June 28.

The other suspects in the case - former Navy Media Spokesperson Commodore DKP Dassanayake, Navy intelligence Commodore Sumith Ranasinghe, Sailors Lakshman Udaya Kumara, Nalin Prasanna Wickramasuriya and Thammita Ihala Gedara Dharmadasa, Rajapaksa Pathiranalage Kithsiri, and Sampath Munasinghe are on bail.

Attorney Achala Seneviratne made submissions for the aggrieved party.

The Magistrate also ordered the CID to submit a report on the progress in the investigations at the next hearing and fixed the next hearing for June 28.


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