documentary evidence of Sumathipala's sponsorship of underworld killer
Dhammika unearthed by The Sunday Leader
over for Thilanga
lies and more damned lies' appears to be the age old adage by which
Thilanga Sumathipala is living and resorting to as this newspaper proves
beyond all reasonable doubt his strong relationship with the feared
underworld criminal, Dhammika Amarasinghe - wanted for no less than 50
week we have indisputable evidence that Thilanga Sumathipala indeed
financed Dhammika Amarasinghe to travel with him to the UK in 1999 to
watch ICC World Cup cricket
letter signed by Thilanga Sumathipala and Lucien Merinnage on
May 3, 1999 to the Manager, Hatton National Bank has authorised a
payment of sterling pounds 1,500 (Rs. 170,000) to be released in
travellers cheques to one Buddhika Priyashantha Godage.
lost for words
there is indisputable evidence which proves that Dhammika Amarasinghe
used a forged passport under the name of Buddhika Priyashantha Godage to
travel to the UK in 1999 to watch first hand, world cup cricket.
Amarasinghe applied for this passport in 1997 using the name of
Buddhika Priyashantha Godage who is the younger brother of Mahinda
Godage alias Bada Mahinda. The
latter is a key underworld figure who worked closely with Dhammika
Amarasinghe to carry out incidents of murder and mayhem.
Treasurer, Cricket Board, Lucien Merinnage
Mahinda in statements to the Criminal Investigations Department and in a
signed confession to the Gangodawila magistrate has implicated Thilanga
Sumathipala in contracting the underworld killer Dhammika Amarasinghe
alias Perera to carry out a shooting attack in 1998 on the home of The
Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge as well as having financed
the killing of former officer of the Presidential Security Division,
Mahinda in his statements to police also says that Thilanga Sumathipala
financed a trip to England in 1999 whereby the underworld criminal
Dhammika Amarasinghe travelled with Sumathipala on the same flight on a
forged passport under the name, Buddhika Priyashantha Godage.
our expose last week we helped corroborate Bada Mahinda's statements by
proving how Dhammika Amarasinghe secured a passport in the name of
Buddhika Priyashantha Godage by falsifying and impersonating Godage to
the Department of Immigration and Emigration.
also proved through the Jinadasa audit committee report of 2000, a
damning finding had been made, which said "as per FC voucher No.
55, an amount of Rs. 170,651.34 was paid for the travellers cheques of
Mr. Buddhika Godage. But this payment was classified under the name of
the then President of the BCCSL." It is despite this revelation
Sumathipala denied knowledge of Godage and called for an audit query
accountant's letter to the HNB
signature authorising payment from BCCSL funds to underworld
killer Dhammika alias Buddika Godage
have now found that Thilanga Sumathipala together with the assistant
treasurer of the Cricket Board are the two officials who authorised the
Hatton National Bank (HNB) to release a sum of sterling pounds 1,500
from the cricket board's sterling pound account at HNB to Buddhika
the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) now has to do is call for
the records from the HNB and also record a statement from Jude Pillai to
whose attention the letters were released to verify if in fact the
letters were received by the bank and the travellers cheques issued.
investigation has evidence that Lucien Merinnage who was assistant
treasurer of the BCCSL in 1999 co-signed with Sumathipala an official
letter to the HNB to arrange for 1,500 sterling pounds to be released in
travellers cheques to Buddhika Priyashantha Godage. This letter,
Merinnage and Sumathipala signed on May 3, 1999 and addressed to the
Manager, HNB at Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 1. (See box for full text
forged passport in the name of Buddhika Priyashantha Godage
is this letter that finally nails Sumathipala's canard of not having
links with the dreaded Dhammika and corroborates Bada Mahinda's
confession and statement to the CID.
we contacted Merinnage and asked him if during his tenure as assistant
treasurer, BCCSL in 1999 he remembers releasing Cricket Board funds for
a trip to the UK to one Buddhika Priyashantha Godage he categorically
denied having done so. "I heard this name for the first time three
or four days ago." he said, adding, "I am 100% sure that a sum
of sterling pounds 1,500 was never at any stage released from the BCCSL
to any person by this name.. I
am presently also the assistant treasurer to Sri Lanka Cricket and can
say this with authority." he said.
committee appointed in 1999 by the Sports Ministry had in fact queried a
payment of sterling pounds 1,500 (Rs.170,000) to one Buddhika
Priyashantha Godage but stated the committee even at the conclusion of
its investigation could not determine who this individual is. We have
now proved it is the dreaded underworld killer, Dhammika Amarasinghe.
Sunday Leader last week proved that Buddhika Priyashantha Godage has
been impersonated by the underworld kingpin Dhammika Amarasinghe to the
extent the latter used Godage's national identity card in order to
secure a passport in the name of Buddhika Godage which Dhammika used to
appears that Sumathipala's conscience is not shaken by his continuous
uttering of falsehoods. When we broke this scandalous story, Sumathipala
at first denied that he even knew the underworld thug Dhammika
Amarasinghe. He then proved that he had lied by telling the editor of
this newspaper that yes, he did in fact have contact with the underworld
killer. That was only after he was informed, calls made by Dhammika
while in remand custody from his cellular had Sumathipala's number
recorded. So much so, that after one telephone conversation with
Lasantha Wickrematunge, Sumathipala by his own admission "using
certain channels" claimed he contacted Dhammika in order to verify
if indeed the latter had led the attack on Wickrematunge's residence.
week, Thilanga Sumathipala was uttering more falsehoods. This time his
lies were directed to members of the executive committee of Sri Lanka
Cricket. Questioned by Cricket Board members whether he used Board funds
to finance the underworld criminal Dhammika Amarasinghe to England in
1999, Sumathipala responded by denying he had done so saying he has
never heard of an individual by the name of Buddhika Priyashantha Godage.
we have no misgivings in naming Thilanga Sumathipala as a liar, a cheat
and a criminal of no mean proportion. As his credibility lies in
tatters, we have indisputable evidence that Thilanga Sumathipala has
abused the high office of Sri Lanka Cricket in order to commit an
outright act of fraud having stolen funds from the Cricket Board to
ensure an underworld criminal enjoys a fully paid holiday in the UK.
What is more significant is that this evidence while being a non
bailable offence in itself, also helps corroborate Bada Mahinda's
our expose last week where we proved Dhammika using a passport under the
name of Buddhika Priyashatha Godage had been financed by Sumathipala in
1999 to travel to the UK, the Sri Lanka Cricket President to prove his
bona fides went so far as to call for an immediate audit query, possibly
believing the damning documents no longer exist.
How wrong he has now been proven to be.
is damnable is that Sumathipala has been aided and abetted by other
executive committee members of the BCCSL when committing this
is amazing that given the seriousness of this issue, Merinnage has been
unable to jog his memory and remember that he not only signed this
letter, but also hand wrote below the typed figure of 1,500 pounds in
words "(one thousand five hundred only)."
only other explanation is that Sumathipala and his accomplice believed
this damning document was destroyed for good.
Merinnage respect the high office he holds at the Cricket Board to have
even questioned Sumathipala in 1999 to find out who this Buddhika
Priyashantha Godage was? And why the BCCSL was releasing over Rs.
170,000 to him to travel with Cricket Board officials to the UK to
attend the 1999 Cricket World Cup?
how long did Lucien Merinnage believe he could continue to deceive,
attempting to cover what is a serious act of cheating and
misappropriation of Cricket Board monies?
In the letter to the HNB Manager, Merinnage and Sumathipala have
requested the former to release the monies to Buddhika Godage from the
BCCSL sterling pounds account number 028110609018 at HNB.
and Sumathipala's letter followed another letter issued on the same day
May 3, 1999, also to the HNB Manager. The contents of this letter are
identical to the second letter and signed by the BCCSL Accountant,
Subash Pathmaperuma. The only difference in the two letters is that
Pathmaperuma has indicated to the HNB Manager that a letter of
authenticity with regard to this request will follow from the BCCSL,
which is what Merinnage's and Sumathipala's joint letter was about.
June 10, 1999, District Judge, Colombo, A. W. A. Salam issued an interim
injunction restraining Thilanga Sumathipala and others from holding
office at the BCCSL until the conclusion of a case filed by Clifford
Ratwatte, who had in March that year contested the office of president
against Sumathipala. The latter was contesting in court the election on
March 29, 1999, of Sumathipala and the other executive committee members
to the BCCSL.
June 14, 1999, the then minister appointed an interim committee
comprising of Rienzi Wijeratne, Micheal Tissera, Sidath Wettimuny and
Asantha de Mel. Eight
months later, on February 21, 2000, the Samurdhi, Youth Affairs and
Sports Ministry on the instructions of Minister, S. B. Dissanayake
appointed a committee to investigate into queries raised by the
auditors, S. J. Associates, into the auditors accounts of the BCCSL.
responsibility for report
committee was chaired by G. Jinadasa, who was then chairman of the
Employees Trust Fund Board. The
other members of this committee were Chief Accountant, Finance and
Planning Ministry, N. Warusawitharana, Deputy Director, Department of
State Accounts from the Finance and Planning Ministry, D. Abeysuriya and
Chief Accountant, Samurdhi, Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry, A. V. H.
we spoke to Jinadasa he said he would continue to stand by and take full
responsibility for every word in the committee report. He said that
Sumathipala and the members of the 1999 BCCSL Board had been questioned
by this committee for a period of six hours. Jinadasa however could not
recall if Sumathipala had been questioned on a payment of Rs. 170,651.34
paid for travellers cheques to Buddhika Priyashantha Godage.
committee report states that this payment has been classified under the
name of the then BCCSL President, who was Thilanga Sumathipala. The
report refers to an FC voucher No. 55 which is proof the payment was
made by the BCCSL to Buddhika Godage. Jinadasa said that they were
unable to verify the identity of Buddhika Godage even after consulting
repeatedly with the Board auditors, S. J. Associates. He said they were
also not supplied with a full list of names of those who had travelled
to the UK in 1999 as part of the BCCSL delegation.
we asked the BCCSL Treasurer in 1999, Trevor Rajaratnam if indeed these
monies had been released to Buddhika Godage alias Dhammika Amarasinghe,
he said he could not remember. He added the present executive committee
of the Cricket Board have requested its auditors, S. J. Associates, to
conduct a full inquiry into this aspect. He asserted the conclusions of
this report are expected to be finalised this week - "after which
the Board will act on the audit findings."
Rajaratnam and the executive committee no longer have to wait for the
audit findings. Sumathipala's letter to the HNB speaks for itself.
must be emphasised at this juncture is the fact that it is this same
Board on which sits as its Chief, Thilanga Sumathipala. It is indeed
laughable that the very individual against whom we have proved with
documentary evidence, financed an underworld criminal to enjoy a fully
paid holiday to the UK in 1999 and watch the ICC Cricket World Cup, has
now authorised auditors to conduct a full inquiry. No doubt, S. J.
Associates will have to seek the assistance of this newspaper in order
to gather documentary proof as Sumathipala would make sure the files
turned over for the auditor's scrutiny would carry no evidence of such
all, even Jinadasa said that when the committee of inquiry he chaired
repeatedly consulted with the auditors, namely, S. J. Associates they
still could not ascertain the identity of Buddhika Priyashantha Godage.
from the CID will now have to seek the assistance of HNB to supply
documents in relation to the release of these monies to Buddhika Godage
from the BCCSL sterling pound account at the bank.
Rajaratnam meanwhile defended Thilanga Sumathipala asserting that the
latter has been known to use his own funds for various official travel
concerning the Cricket Board and that he had personally advised
Sumathipala to refrain from doing so and seek reimbursement. He said
that in this context, he finds it hard to believe that Thilanga
Sumathipala could have used Cricket Board funds to finance an underworld
thug and killer to travel to the UK. How Rajaratnam can make this
statement in view of the documentary evidence available against Thilanga
Sumathipala in this regard is certainly cause for concern.
curious aspect to this sorry saga is why Trevor Rajaratnam and the other
executive committee members of the BCCSL chose to ignore the findings of
the Jinadasa report in 1999. Why did they not query who Buddhika Godage
is given that a sum of Rs. 170,000 had been paid to facilitate his
travel to England in 1999 from BCCSL funds, unless of course they too
knowingly sanctioned it? After all, this statement the committee report
backs with evidence of a payment voucher issued and classified under the
name of BCCSL President Thilanga Sumathipala.
The Sunday Leader asked Rajaratnam what exactly it means to have such
payments classified under the name of the Board president he said,
"maybe Sumathipala would have reimbursed the monies to the Cricket
Board from his own pocket." Surely this then makes Thilanga
Sumathipala even more culpable in having aided and abetted a wanted
criminal to travel to the UK also using a forged passport. After all,
Thilanga Sumathipala would have been well aware that Dhammika
Amarasinghe travelling with Sumathipala to the UK in 1999 having forged
his passport using the name of Buddhika Priyashantha Godage was none
other than his partner in crime.
asked if such payments from the BCCSL are all approved by the Board,
Trevor Rajaratnam confirmed that all such payments are made with the
full approval of the executive committee members of the Cricket Board.
indeed, Thilanga Sumathipala had the approval of the entire Cricket
Board in 1999 to release these monies to Buddhika Priyashantha Godage
who we have now proved is Dhammika Amarasinghe who even in 1999 was a
criminal wanted for some two dozen murders, then Sumathipala and the
entire 1999 BCCSL board have been party to the misappropriation of
funds, cheating and an act of misuse and abuse of power.
398 of the Penal Code defines the offence of cheating as: "whoever
by deceiving any person fraudulently or dishonestly induces the person
so deceived to deliver any property to any person or to consent that any
person shall retain any property, or intentionally induces the person so
deceived to do or omit to do anything which he would not do or omit if
he were not so deceived, and which act or omission causes or is likely
to cause damage or harm to the person in body, mind, reputation, or
damage or loss to the government, he is said to cheat."
CID meantime, last Wednesday (8), wrote to the British High Commissioner
(BHC) in Colombo, Stephen Evans seeking assistance for the BHC to
release to the police details of the sponsorship letter given to
Buddhika Priyashantha Godage when he was granted a visa to the UK in
CID has informed the BHC that there is evidence to prove that Godage
falsified information and used a forged passport to secure this visa.
a separate case involving the burning of the Lake Club and press in
Kandy, which too Bada Mahinda has spoken of, another underworld figure,
Jude Washington has in his statement to Kandy police as far back as 1997
named Thilanga Sumathipala as having contracted Dhammika and a host of
other underworld thugs to carry out this deed. In his statement,
Washington has even detailed how and where Sumathipala first met the
underworld criminal Dhammika. (See
box for details)
remains to be seen what lie Sumathipala will now come up with to
overcome the damning new evidence.
linking Thilanga to Dhammika in an earlier police probe
corroborative evidence gathered by The Sunday Leader has found
that Thilanga Sumathipala has been named as far back as 1997 by
another underworld figure in statements made to the Kandy police
with regard to the burning of the E. W. Balasuriya Lake Club in
Kandy in 1997. The press owned by E. W. Balasuriya at the club was
burnt on April 10, 1997.
Mahinda also in his recent statements to officers attached to the
CID has made a reference to this incident attributing the
contractor to have been Thilanga Sumathipala.
what has surfaced in statements made to the Kandy police with
regard to this incident by an underworld character named Jude
Washington Indrajith Dias in 1997 details how Dhammika forged a
very close relationship with Thilanga Sumathipala. The latter
according to the police statement by Jude, contracted Dhammika to
burn down the Balasuriya owned press in Kandy.
this statement too, in similar vein to Bada Mahinda, Jude says
that on April 10, 1997, the day they all left Colombo for Kandy to
carry out this contract, Dhammika had told him, "bossge
vadakata yanawa." (going to carry out a job for Boss).
Mahinda too in his statement both to the police and to the
Gangodawila Magistrate says that soon after the shoot out on
Lasantha Wickrematunge's home in 1998, Dhammika telephoned someone
on his mobile phone and said, "Thilanga Boss, vade hari."
(Thilanga boss, the job is done.)
Washington in his statement to the police has detailed how he
introduced Dhammika to Thilanga Sumathipala at his home at
Campbell Place, Borella, after having met Dhammika himself through
the latter's brother Chinthaka.
Washington identifying himself as a trader by profession, has
stated he was first introduced to Thilanga Sumathipala when the
latter purchased some electrical equipment from his shop in Pettah.
Washington says that he had by this time already met Dhammika
Amarasinghe who had been introduced to him by his brother
Chinthaka who had also met Jude after having purchased a cassette
radio and other electrical items from his store in Pettah.
in his police statement says that about a year after he had known
Thilanga Sumathipala, the latter had one day told him that he
needed to "give the works to a club in Kandy" and could
Jude find some men to do this.
Jude says he thereafter took to Thilanga Sumathipala's home
at Borella, Dhammika, Chamara and Udayakumara alias Gala. It is
the latter who finally killed Baddegana Sanjeewa in the company of
says only he and Dhammika went inside the house and met with
Thilanga Sumathipala. He said that Thilanga had discussed burning
down the Balasuriya press at the Lake Club in Kandy with both of
them. He says thereafter, he and Dhammika were taken by Thilanga
Sumathipala, just before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year that year,
to "Dissanayake mahaththaya's" house at Rosmead Place.
Here, he states another discussion followed regarding the burning
down of a club in Kandy. Jude says during the discussion he sat
inside the front room of "Dissanayake mahaththaya's"
said after the discussion, Thilanga Sumathipala dropped them both
off at Punchi Borella. Thereafter he says, Dhammika had told him
that he would notify him the exact day and time when they would
carry out the contract given by Thilanga Sumathipala.
states that on April 10, 1997 he received a telephone call from
Dhammika to come to the Raddolugama housing scheme in a three
wheeler. He maintains that he went there and met with the
underworld gang comprising of, Dhammika, Moratu Saman, Udayakumara,
Chamara, Sanjeewa, Pol Malli, Piyarathne and one Vajira Sampath.
He said the gang had three 9mm pistols, two hand grenades and
three mobile phones among them. He said that they used a white
Dolphin van driven by Moratu Saman to travel to Kandy that day. On
the way he says Dhammika had told him "bossge vadeta yanawa."
said they arrived at the Lake Club in Kandy at around 9.30 - 10
that night before carrying out the attack.
Kandy police had also recorded a statement from Thilanga
Sumathipala in this regard. Sumathipala has denied knowing anybody
by the name of Dhammika or any of the other named underworld
characters in Jude Washington's statement.
Sunday Leader has now proved that Thilanga Sumathipala's denials
must be taken with a pinch of salt as his utterances in this
respect have been proved beyond all doubt to be nothing but lies,
lies and more damned lies.
still to decide whether to support CID investigation
of the responses to our questions to Third Secretary and
Spokesperson, British High Commission in Colombo, Colin Hicks...
Was a visa issued to a person by the name of Buddhika Godage in or
around April/May 1999? If
so, for how long was the visa?
I cannot say, as I would need to confirm these aspects with the
relevant file, which I do not have yet. Even if I did, we are
bound by the Visa Protection Act in the UK not to disclose such
information to the media or any other persons or persons. So I
really cannot say.
Would the records be available at the BHC on visa applications
made in Colombo in 1999?
I am unsure. Procedures in high commissions around the world
differ in this regard. We have obviously more applications than
most other high commissions and it may well be that records dating
back to nearly four years may have been destroyed.
Would you know if this person known as Buddhika Godage would have
been interviewed before being granted a visa to the UK?
No, I cannot confirm that until I can access the relevant file, if
it still exists. And even then, I would not be in a position to
release that information to the media.
Is the British High Commission willing to cooperate with the
ongoing investigation conducted by the CID into the underworld
figure Dhammika Amarasinghe having been granted a British visa to
enter the UK in 1999?
As far as I'm aware we have not received any such request. That is
not to say it has not come as the letter would be addressed
directly to the High Commissioner. Our cooperating with the police
on this issue would depend on a decision taken by the High
Would such an application for a visa have to carry a letter of
recommendation from any individual or organisation?
Yes, it would.
threat to life
Sumathipala's claim to being tried by the media with regard to
this issue was stated last week on the advise of Nihal Sri
Amarasekera who reportedly drafted Sumathipala's response.
Amarasekera was the former Finance Ministry advisor when it was
under the purview of President Chandrika Kumaratunga and recently
challenged Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Finance
Minister K. N. Choksy over the government's Inland Revenue Act.
after The Sunday Leader broke this story, it is Amarasekera who
even drafted a letter to the Premier and Inspector General of
Police T. E. Anandarajah requesting state sponsored security for
Thilanga Sumathipala citing the articles as posing a serious
threat to Sumathipala's life.
it is proved it is none other than Sumathipala who has links to
letter of irony to PM
Ranil Wickremesinghe, MP.,
to incite others to have me killed
write with a great sense of remorse and outrage, having played a
pivotal role in bringing the UNF government, headed by you, into
power at the December 2001 general elections.
you are aware, I was overseas with my family recently, and
returned to the country during the wee hours of the morning,
11, 2003, having left the country on the night of Friday,
September 5, 2003. Whilst aborad, I received several telephone
calls from my family and friends about a scandalous perverse
report about me in The Sunday Leader of Sunday, September 7, 2003.
I returned to the country, I was taken aghast with the headline
"story" in The Sunday Leader of Sunday, September 7,
2003, with further scandalous allegations prominently carried on
pages 12 and 13 of the same newspaper, the contents of which I
despicable perverse reporting, is unbecoming of the norms of
"independent journalism" and is full of
"hearsay" material and allegations. It has been
calculatedly and intentionally written, and/or caused to be
written, not only to character assassinate me, which this
newspaper has done over several years, to me and so also to
certain others, whilst those at the receiving end and their
families suffer pain of mind and humiliation in silence; but also,
it has been written with calculated intent to schemingly incite
underworld elements to kill me or have me killed. I consider this
as a grave danger and threat to my life, and also members of my
family. I believe this to be a conspiracy, schemingly plotted and
hatched, by those who wish to eliminate me and extinguish my
to how a purported statement full of "hearsay" material,
alleged to have been made to a police officer by a suspect held in
custody, came to be released to this particular newspaper, alone
speaks volumes. This alone you would, no doubt, concede warrants
and perhaps revealingly, the Ravaya newspaper of the following
Sunday, i.e. September 14, 2003 carries the same headline story,
as above, on its front page going on to page 2. The Ravaya
newspaper of Sunday, September 14, 2003 reports that the above
statement alleged to have been made to a police officer by a
suspect in custody, is reported to have been made on September 9,
above raises the plain and simple question, as to how and under
what circumstances, The Sunday Leader reported such scandalous
character assassination allegations and inciting statements
previously on Sunday, September 7, 2003? Pointedly, Ms. Fredrica
Janz of The Sunday Leader telephoned me in this regard on
Thursday, September 4, 2003. Information I gathered from her, as
to how she came by this alleged perverse and scandalous statement
made to the police is quite revealing.
addition, the aforesaid perverse and scandalous allegation in The
Sunday Leader had been published very prominently on page 3, as a
full page story on Sunday, September 14, 2003 in the Nijabima
newspaper. The public is aware the Editor of The Sunday Leader
associates with the UNF government very closely.
inquiries will reveal that Sunday newspapers, particularly the
inner pages, are printed by the previous Thursday, or latest by
Friday morning, whilst the front pages are printed latest by
Friday evening to be circulated to the market to be available on
the following Sunday.
in the same flight I left for Bangkok on the night of Friday,
September 5, 2003 was also the Hon. Minister, Ravi Karunanayake
and the Editor of The Sunday Leader on their way to Mexico. As you
are aware, I know both of them quite well, and the close rapport
between the Hon. Minister and the Editor of The Sunday Leader is
public knowledge. What amazes me is that our discussions at the
airport and during the flight was that of light banter. The
perverse and scandalous allegation against me headlined in The
Sunday Leader, which would have already gone into print, was
mysteriously suppressed from me.
am advised that this is also a violation of my fundamental right
to the equal protection of the law enshrined in Article 12(1) of
the Constitution, and that freedom of speech and expression,
including publication, enshrined in Article 14 (1) (a) of the
Constitution does not necessarily mean, that it enables the
alienation of and/or violation of and/or intrusion into the
freedoms of others. This perverse and scandalous news report has
also been carried in the internet.
am also advised that the sum total of the fundamental rights
guaranteed under the constitution is to ensure my rights as a
citizen to live with dignity and self respect. This has been
violated by the surreptitious release to the press of such
unsubstantiated statements allegedly obtained by the police during
an investigation from a suspect in custody.
view of several threatening telephone calls, which I and the
members of my family have been receiving during the past few days,
our freedom of movement guaranteed under Article 14 (1) (h) of the
Constitution has also been violated.
the given circumstances, I believe that there is real threat and
danger to my life and that of the members of my family, from
underworld elements, who, I believe, have been deliberately and
calculatedly incited with rage to avenge the alleged killings, by
killing me or having me killed, as revenge. I believe this not
only to be a real threat and danger to my life, but also a very
craftily and schemingly mapped out conspiracy, to have me killed
and eliminated by those, who perceive me to be a threat.
the circumstances, I urge, you sir, to cause this serious matter,
including the unlawful release to the press of such statement
obtained by the police from a suspect in custody during their
investigations, to be thoroughly investigated, and afford me and
my family adequate protection and security, which the Inspector
General of Police would deem necessary and warranted.