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Jun 01, 2018

Top military official to be arrested over abductions Featured

A top military official is to be arrested within days in connection with harbouring an accused in the disappearance of 11 youths from Colombo nearly 10 years ago, police headquarters sources told Sri Lanka Mirror.

The suspect, Lt. Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi, has again been issued with an open arrest warrant.

Taking up the case on May 17 and considering a submission by the aggrieved party, Colombo Fort magistrate Lanka Jayaratne also ordered the arrest of persons who were aiding the suspect Hettiarachchi.

Rajiv Naganathan, Pradeep Vishwanathan, Dilan Mohamed, Mohamed Sajith, Tilakeswaram Ramalingam, Thiagaraja Prabhakaran, Susai Pulle Amalan Leon, Susai Pullai Roshan Leon, Kasturi Arachchilage John Reid, Kasturi Arachchilage Antony and Ali Anwar disappeared in late 2008.

The other accused are Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake, Lt. Com. Nilantha Munasinghe alias Navy Sampath, Lt. Com. Ranasinghe Pedige Sumith Ranasinghe, Tilakaratnege Lakshman Udya Kumara, Kariyawasam Gamhewage Nalin Prasanna Wickramasuriya, Tammita Ihalagedara Dharmadasa and Rajapakse Pathiranage Kithsiri, who are all out on bail.