Seven Soldiers detained for the murder of Lasantha
Seven soldiers belonging to the Sri Lanka Army’s Military Intelligence Unit will continue to be detained as investigations continue into the murder of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. The seven suspects are being held for further questioning by the Terrorist Investigations Department and the Criminal Investigations Department.
The seven soldiers have been separated from an original seventeen taken into police custody as evidence unfolds which may link the soldiers to the murder of Wickrematunge, detectives said.
Lakshman Hulugalle, Director General for the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) yesterday said that ten out of this seventeen have been released and are free to go back to their duties.
Hulugalle further denied that the former head of military intelligence, Major General Amal Karunasekera was last week placed under “Open Arrest” and is being held at the Pannagoda Army camp as part of investigations into the murder of Wickrematunge.
Sources however revealed to The Sunday Leader that the investigation is also focusing on the Head Quarters Battalion Account which is directly under the purview of the sitting Army Commander whose prerogative it is to dispose of the monies in this account. Sleuths are investigating why and how General Karunasekera transferred a significant sum of monies to the army’s Head Quarters Battalion Account during the period when Wickrematunge was assassinated and Sarath Fonseka was Commander.
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