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Wanathe Olcott’s relative arrested for issuing death threats!

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Seven suspects who attempted to take ownership of a two-storey house at Fair Hill Park in Borella belonging to a deceased specialist doctor by threatening the residents with a toy pistol have been arrested by the Borella Police.

The police said a woman who is an aunt of a deceased underworld gang leader named “Wanathe Olcott” was also among the arrested.

The specialist doctor passed away a few days ago and his son, who lives in California, had returned to the US after performing last rites.

A few days after the funeral, a woman who came to the Borella Police had said that she is from Kandy and that the house was sold to her for Rs.8 million by the doctor and that she was moving into the house.

Sub-Inspector Sriyaratne Kuruppuarachchi, OIC of Borella Police’s Minor Complaint Division, who refused her request, informed the woman not to move in until an investigation is conducted and to file a complaint in this regard first.

Borella Police officers who went to the house to investigate the complaint had questioned a person who had taken care of all the affairs of the doctor and the house for many years. He had said that the doctor had not sold the house to anyone and that he had been given this house and land by a power of attorney on the condition that he should hand it over to the doctor’s son upon his request.

When this complaint was scheduled to be heard today (13), a group of seven people had visited the house and threatened the resident in the house with firearms and ordered him to leave.

Subsequently, the police arrested the suspects and it has been revealed that they have used a fake pistol to threaten the residents.

Further investigations revealed that the suspects had gone to the house on the request of deceased underworld leader Wanathe Olcott’s aunt.

The officers of the Minor Complaints Division including Sub-Inspector Sriyaratne Kuruppuarachchi are conducting further investigations under the instructions of Borella Police Chief Inspector A.J.M.R. Samarasinghe.

(Aruna)

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No COVID-19 deaths yesterday

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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (01) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,828.

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‘They were plotting to kills us’ – Wasantha reveals it all (Video)

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The Convener of the Inter-University Students’ Federation Wasantha Mudalige attended a media briefing for the first in 167 days on Thursday (2).

At this media briefing, he made certain startling revelations about what he experienced during his detention.

According to Wasantha Mudalige he was arrested by a police officer identified as ASP Mahinda Wiloarachchi from the Peliyagoda Special Police Unit.

Mudalige said he was taken to the Peliyagoda Police and thereafter to an emptied out Enderamulla Police where ASP Mahinda Wiloarachchi from the Peliyagoda Special Police Unit had a pistol on the table pointed at him in a bid to instill fear.

“At the Enderamulla Police, the person identified as ASP Mahinda Wiloarachch placed a pistol on the table pointed towards me, and asked if I recall what happened to Wijeweera and Vijaya Kumaratunga. He said that is what I deserved, however given the situation I would not be killed. He hinted to return in a few years, by late post,” said Wasantha Mudalige.

Furthermore, he said that following his arrest he was moved to the basement room of the Foreshore Police Dorm and kept in the dark, and later moved to the car park close to the Nawagamuwa Devalaya.

“There is a 10 feet drop to the river. They took us there, handcuffed us, placed their weapons all around and started making phone calls. The officer said over the phone that we have arrived at the location. The vehicle was placed there, arousing suspicions, and a police officer assigned to the security of the Nawagamuwa Devalaya came and inquired over the suspicious vehicle. The police officers saw this, and wanted to chase away that inquiring police officer. That was how they acted,” he told the press.

He also added that one particular police officer revealed that this was the method used to kill the underworld members, including the one-time don Makandure Madush.

Wasantha Mudalige also revealed that the officer from the Terrorist Investigations Division ASP Ratnayake who took over the investigation is also the main accused in the case filed over the murder of a person called Army Suranga who was killed after being arrested.

“While there were officers like ASP Wiloarachchi from the Peliyagoda Police, and ASP Ratnayake from the TID many other police officers protected us. When we were taken away in secret to police stations, the police officers who were at those police stations protect us. That is why we are able to come forward and speak like this today,” he revealed.

(newsfirst.lk)

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Paris Club to give SL financing assurances amid IMF debt talks

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The Paris Club of creditor nations is ready to provide financing assurances to Sri Lanka, a key step needed to unlock a $2.9 billion bailout by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

The informal group of bilateral lenders is set to “soon” announce its support to the crisis-hit nation on a debt overhaul, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because talks are private.

The Asian island nation, which is grappling with soaring inflation, a recession and currency depreciation, entered into a staff level agreement with the IMF last Septemberග

But it needs financing assurances from key bilateral lenders before the fund’s executive board approves the programme.

Sri Lanka’s public debt stood at 122% of GDP, of which 70% is denominated in foreign currency, according to data in a country presentation to investors in November.

China and India, both non-Paris Club members, are the top bilateral lenders. “Paris Club assurance is not reliant on China,” said the source.

Another source said the informal group is currently reaching out to other non-Paris Club besides China on financing assurances, but did not provide any further details.

India previously committed to help ease the debt burden of neighbour Sri Lanka as part of the IMF programme, and China’s Eximbank offered a two-year moratorium in a letter sent to the island nation in January.

(Reuters)

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