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Key Files In ‘White Van’ Probe Stolen

by Kasun Pussewala

Important files related to the investigations on the ‘white van’ abductions have been stolen from the Trincomalee navy camp. The files were connected to Lieutenant Commodore K. C. Welagedara, a key witness on the ‘white van’ abductions said to have been committed when Mahinda Rajapaksa was President.

The files, which were stored at the Trincomalee navy camp, had been stolen on March 29, sources said.

Among the files stolen are documents related to politicians and Navy officers involved in abductions, human smuggling and weapons smuggling. Our sister newspaper Irudina had reported earlier how K. C. Welagedara was facing pressure from the Navy after he gave evidence to the Criminal Investigations Department on human smuggling.

Welagedara also faced a court martial on the charge of going overseas without informing the Navy command and for bringing disrepute to the Navy.

He was demoted but the demotion was suspended by President Maithripala Sirisena.

Last month this newspaper reported that K. C. Welagedara, who is now under Navy detention, is facing death threats, but Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne had said he is unaware of those claims.

He had also said that family members of K. C. Welagedara can visit him at the Navy headquarters where he is being detained and that he can file a complaint with the Human Rights Commission if he has any concerns.

8 Comments for “Key Files In ‘White Van’ Probe Stolen”

  1. Park

    The Navy Commander and the Commander of the Trinco Navy Camp should be fired immediately by the President. If not doubt is there is the President is part of this setup!

  2. The missing of files is nothing new and has been going on for years and the accusation is, and mostly justifiably so, towards the accused to frustrate the proceedings of the case, The Navy and other forces have had issues before and have hidden the evidence or have transferred or harassed witnesses. Members of the forces have been use in civils for these and other purposes. During the war, there were a number who have gained illicit wealth. Anurudha Ratwatte assets was far more than was discovered. Panama Papers is only one avenue.

  3. daggy

    Let place the blame once again on the Convener of the Pada Yathra.
    As there is no war, Navy must have placed less importance on security of guarding Trinco Camp?

    Yahapalanaya is crumbling from all sides.
    Hope, Ranil would not loose MY3 one of these days

  4. Kaputa

    No stone will be left unturned for these previous Government sponsored criminals.They will stoop to any trick in the book to keep them untouched.But wait, some one is watching from above , and retribution will come late but for sure. Any comments from “Yahapalana”.Sri-Lanka is a Land of many mysteries.

  5. Mahen

    Several more Pada Yatra will be made to cover all the crimes.

  6. Mr Psesident Please stop this injustice being done to Jenuine Witnesses and Sack these guys who are responsible for the missing files the Army Comandere is also answerable for this investigation

  7. gamarala

    A Navy unable to safeguard documents is supposed to safeguard the nation.
    In any other navy, the Commander would face disciplinary action.

  8. navy official involved in white abduction is a criminal cases, it was happened previous regime time making money from civilian, official are all over srilanka misbehavior they deal with law .

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