Aug 15, Colombo: The Attorney General Dappula de Livera has instructed the acting Inspector General of Police CD Wickramaratne to expedite investigations into several high-profile cases including the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge and the murder of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
The Attorney General's Coordinating Officer, State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne said that the Attorney General has instructed the police to close the investigations without delay in the cases.
The high-profile crimes include the assassination of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge in 2009, the assassination of Wasim Thajudeen in 2012, killing of 17 aid workers in Muttur in 2006, abduction and assault of journalist Keith Noir in 2008 and abduction and murder of 11 youths in 2008-2009.
The Attorney General in a letter has instructed the Acting IGP to conclude investigations promptly and direct the completed investigations to the AG's department to file charges.
When submitting files to the Attorney General's Department to file charges by the police, the Attorney General has asked to submit the duly completed files.
In the letter sent to Acting IGP today, Attorney General Dappula de Livera has said that the files submitted by the police for the advice of the Attorney General have been found to be incomplete.
In his letter, the Attorney General further stated that when the files are submitted to the Attorney General for advice in terms of section 393 (6) of the Criminal Procedure Code, they have to be redirected if they fail to comply with the legal clause.
Therefore, Attorney General Dappula de Livera has instructed the acting IGP to inform all sections of the police to submit the complete file in strict compliance with legal provisions when submitting files to the Attorney General's Department, said Attorney General's Coordinator, State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne.