JOC Got Tip Minutes Before Lasantha Was Killed
By Shalika Wimalasena
According to the sources, the tip-off had been received by a military official who was in charge of the Western Province.A former top official of the JOC had informed the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) about this.
Sources said that the top official had told the CID that the military official at the JOC had received information of an attempt to assassinate Wickrematunge using a sharp object. The information was received on January 8, 2009 at approximately 9am, just over an hour before Wickrematunge was killed.The former top official of the JOC had told the CID that if the telephone records of the military official who received the information are looked into, then vital information related to the assassination could be unearthed.
The official had noted that when the former government was in power, the Chief of Defence Staff would hold a meeting with the JOC and then the Security Council meets with the President and those meetings took place the day Wickrematunge was killed.The former top official of the JOC said that the CID has so far not acted on the information he shared related to the murder of Wickrematunge.However, he said if the CID really wants information related to the case, it can obtain such information from the JOC.