Sep 26, 2017

Navy provided false information over disappearances Featured

The Navy provided false information to the CID for its investigation into the enforced disappearance of 11 persons nine years ago, Inspector Nishantha Silva informed courts yesterday (25).

As a result, there will be a delay in the investigation, he told Colombo Fort magistrate Lanka Jayaratne.

Not supporting the investigation will be prejudicial against the suspects presently in remand custody, Jayaratne observed, adding that legal action could be taken against the Navy officials responsible.


D.K.P. Dassanayake attended hearing in a wheelchair

Taking up the case into the disappearance of the 11, including Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim schoolboys, the magistrate further remanded, until October 09, the six suspects.

They include former Navy spokesman D.K.P. Dassanayake, who was brought for the hearing in a wheelchair.

Jayaratne again issued a warrant for the arrest of another suspect, Lt. Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi.

The CID informed her that they were investigating if the suspect had gone overseas, adding however, that he had not left the country legally.

Making submissions, inspector Silva said statements have been obtained from around 25 persons that point to the missing persons having been kept at the Gunsite camp.

New commander asked to handover documents

The new Navy commander has been asked in writing to handover documents relating to the case, he said further.

One suspect Sampath Munasinghe is presently on bail, and the remanded suspects are D.K.P. Dassanayake, Lakshman Udaya Kumara, Nalin Prasanna Wickramasuriya, Thammita Ihala Gedara Dharmadasa and Rajapakse Pathiranalage Kithsiri.

The case relates to the disappearance from Kotahena, Wellawatte, Trincomalee and Batticaloa between 08 August and 17 September of 2008 of Katuriarachchige John Reid, Rajiv Naganathan, Pradeep Vishwanathan, Thilageswaran Ramalingam, Mohamed Sajit, Jamaldeen Dilan, Amanan Leon, Roshan Leon, Anthony Kasturiarachchi, Thiagaraja Jegan and Mohamed Ali Anwar.

The then Navy commander Wasantha Karannagoda lodged a complaint against his own men with the CID regarding the abduction of these persons to obtain ransom.