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BREAKING NEWS: Lasantha’s Body Exhumed

COLOMBO, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) — Sri Lanka on Tuesday exhumed the body of slain newspaper editor Lasantha Wickrematunge to conduct a fresh investigation over his murder, seven years after he had been killed.

Wickrematunge, who was the founding editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper, was killed while he was on his way to office.

Popularly known for his investigative journalism and for the stand he took on media freedom, Wickrematunge was believed to have been killed for taking on the then government which was on the verge of defeating the Tamil Tiger rebels after 30 years of war.

His body was exhumed at a local burial grounds in the presence of a Magistrate and under tight security.

Investigators had obtained court approval to exhume the body after suspicion arose over the exact manner he was killed.

While in 2009 it was believed Wickrematunge was killed from gunshot wounds, investigators now believe he may have died from injuries sustained after a sharp object pierced through his skull.

In a pre-written editorial which was published posthumously Wickrematunge feared he would be killed for his work.

The current editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper Easwaran Rutnam told Xinhua he was cautiously optimistic justice will finally be served more than seven years after Wickrematunge was killed.

“The euphoria over the war victory in May 2009 saw the push for justice for Wickrematunge’s killing taking a back seat. However the new government which took office following elections last year has shown the political will to investigate incidents like that of Wickrematunge’s killing so there is hope the investigation will move forward,” he said.

An army intelligence officer has already been arrested and is being questioned over the incident while a former top police officer was also questioned.

1 Comment for “BREAKING NEWS: Lasantha’s Body Exhumed”

  1. shantha

    Why would thr defence ministry want to buy humane killers with a captive bolt made for animals?

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