July 16, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to former senior DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara and former Mount Lavinia Police Crimes OIC, SI Tissa Sugathapala who were arrested and in remand custody over the killing of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge.
When the case was called before the Mount Lavinia Magistrate Court today, Chief Magistrate Mohammed Mihal released the suspects with strict bail conditions
Accordingly, the two suspects were released on a cash bail of Rs. 50,000 for each with 2 personal bonds of the closest relatives for Rs. 1 million each.
The suspects were barred from foreign travel and ordered to hand over their passports to the Court. They were also ordered to report to the Criminal Investigations Department on every Sunday.
Former OIC Sugathapala and the Senior DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara were arrested for allegedly concealing evidence and providing false evidence in the murder of former Sunday Leader Chief Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) investigations have revealed that Prasanna Nanayakkara has pressured the former OIC of the Mount Lavinia Police Tissa Sugathapala not to further investigate the murder.
The two suspects have agreed to testify as state witnesses in the case.
The case was fixed for hearing on September 27.