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CID To File Criminal Charges Against Army Comm, DMI Head?

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is contemplating filing criminal charges against the Commander of the Sri Lanka Army and the head of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) if the military fail to cooperate in the investigations carried out on several high profile murder cases, The Sunday Leader learns.

The Sunday Leader learns that the CID has continuously sought the assistance of the DMI in several murder probes, but the latter had failed to cooperate in the investigations by providing required information and in some instances evidence related to the investigations.

The Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court last week ordered the DMI to provide all necessary information to the CID related to the murder probe of the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunge.

The CID it is learnt had sought information related to the movements of several military intelligence (MI) personnel in Lasantha’s investigation. However, the failure of the DMI to cooperate in Lasantha’s investigation resulted in the CID seeking a court order on the same.

Senior police sources told The Sunday Leader that if the hierarchy of the Sri Lanka Army and the DMI fail to adhere to the court order, the CID would pursue criminal charges for the suppression of evidence and failure to cooperate in murder investigations.

“The CID has taken into custody senior police officers who have been accused of suppressing evidence in several high profile cases. Therefore, military personnel cannot be considered above the law,” senior police sources said.

MI personnel have been so far implicated in the murder probes of former TNA MPs Joseph Pararajasingham and Nataraja Raviraj as well as Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge.

When contacted by The Sunday Leader, Military Spokesperson Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera said the Army Commander has directed the Military Police to look into the court order issued last week related to Lasantha’s murder investigation.

Jayaweera added that the army would take the required action after the Military Police informs the required details as per the court order.


9 Comments for “CID To File Criminal Charges Against Army Comm, DMI Head?”

  1. Batman

    Good decision.

  2. The other side of midnight, where the animal in us is exposed and its predatory appetite for human degradation is unleashed. All the attention to disciplines and spirited lectures are at the moment of extreme disturbances become dormant , and is the absolute reason that conflicts of any nature should be avoided and sincere governance with the rule of law is soundly established.

  3. Ricky

    Army is acting above the law thanks to the special status given to them by former despot and his brother GR. Army acts above the law expecting everyone in this country to be perpetually grateful for their part in the Elam war forgetting that others too played an equal part and yet subordinate to the law of the land.

  4. kanga

    Yes In a democracy no one is above the Law,Charge the Commander and the Di if information of a murder is being hidden for personal purposes

    • sarath

      MR has ruined this country,the mulkirigala Double murderer must be executed
      in the public domain,this dirty filthy man must shot for his past and present criminal record with his criminal son Namal

      they have ruined this beautiful country,an open warrant should be to expatriates to shhot this fellow for criminal deed with his son Namal

  5. gamarala

    “Heros” cannot be accused of murder/criminal acts under any circumstances.
    It is an unwritten law of the land.
    This is why ‘hybrid courts’ as agreed by the UNHRC resolution will not materialise.

  6. for this tri forces and the police department what they did to the country by eradicating terrorism and brought peace and harmony to a united sri lanka agreat sacrifice ,we respect and love them from the bottom of our hearts ,bow our heads and salute them as our savvier ‘s [rana viruvo ] .who ever country rulers are taking advantages from this gallente people is a crime by knowing or not . because of their dictating command this gallent soldiers have to carry out there oders. the big guns be safe and or leave the country ,this soldiers [rana viruvan ]has to face and to be punished . who ever did the crime has to be punished under the countries strict laws to every citizen in the country with out any favours .big or small rich or poor every one has to face the law and get punished if they get the judgment . this is like [ballun lawa kos eta bawanawa wage ] one day the people [big guns ] behind the cats will get caught ,that time want be too far under the good governance . will take time to crippled country to put in to track ,people also has to understand the progress of the present governments vision .you cannot plant a tree today and pluck the crop tomorrow .it’s like that must have passions. may triple gems blessing to our mother sri lanka.

  7. Isiirangeen Udarath Wanigasekara

    Correct action have to be taken

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