Thursday, 13 June 2013
The IGP has ordered the arrest of DIG Vass Gunwardena’s wife, Shamali Priyadharshani Perera and son Ravindu Gunawardena to question them over several murders. DIG Vass Gunawardena is currently held by the CID on a detention order and being questioned on carrying out several contract murders.
The CID interrogations have revealed that the DIG was involved in more than one murder. His wide and son are to be arrested to question about one such murder.
The CID has requested permission from the IGP to arrest the SSP in-charge of Peliyagoda, Widisinghe following details revealed by Vass Gunawardena.
Disturbed by Vass Gunawardena’s situation, his master, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has ordered the CID Director not to investigate any other murders apart from the killing of businessman Mohomad Shyam. It has so far been revealed that the killing of four persons in Galle and two persons in Kahawatte was carried out by Vass Gunawardena with the Defence Secretary’s consent.
The hearing of the case filed against the wife of DIG Vass Gunawardena, Shayamali Gunawardena, for allegedly assaulting Nipuna Dhanushka Ramanayake of the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) has been postponed to January 20th.
She was alleged of assaulting the said student with a group of police officers following a dispute between him and her son, Ravindu Gunawardena.
The fundamental rights application filed by Nipuna Dhanushka Ramanayake in 2009 regarding the incident was scheduled to be taken up before Magistrate Court by a three judge bench yesterday (11) , however due to the absence of a judge caused by an illness the hearing was postponed.
Meanwhile, 6 suspects who were arrested being accused of conspiring to abduct and kill business tycoon of Bambalapitiya Mohamad Sham have been ordered to be kept under detention for another 90 days and questioned further until the investigations are over.
The suspects include a SI, 3 Constables and 2 civilians.
Crime Investigation Department has received permission yesterday (11) to detain and question DIG Vass Gunawardena for 3 days.
SSP of the CID Shani Abeysekera informed the court that DIG Vass Gunawardana and 6 other suspects will be detained under Terrorism Prevention Act and questioned further.
The CID also seized two pistols from the Peliyagoda police, which was issued to two security guards of DIG Vass Gunawardana.
CID has also took two vehicles into custody which were used in the incident, and a vehicle belonging to the Colombo Police Crime Division.
The court was also told that the motor car used by the murdered businessman is now in the custody of Mirihana police.
The court ordered the CID today (12) to report the progress of the investigations to the court on 18th this month.
The two civilian suspects have given an hours long statement before the Colombo Additional Magistrate A.S. Sahabdeen, reports say.
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