Raviraj Killing: No Approval To Arrest Two Suspects
by Kasun Pussewala
The Attorney General (AG) has not given approval to arrest two key suspects who have fled to Switzerland, who are wanted in connection to the murder of Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj.
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) said it had requested approval from the AG to initiate proceedings to have the two suspects arrested and deported to Sri Lanka nearly two years ago.
However the AG at the time had refused to agree to the request. Meanwhile the current AG is reported to have said that an appeal will be filed against the verdict issued on the suspects arrested in connection to the murder.
All five suspects, accused in the murder of former Tamil National Alliance Jaffna district Parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj were acquitted and released by the Colombo High Court last month.
Among those freed were Navy intelligence officers and the unanimous decision was reached by the jury after a one month long trial.
Raviraj was shot dead near his residence at Manning Town in Narahenpita in November 2006 when he was driving his vehicle along Matha Road.
The CID recovered the vehicle and a weapon alleged to have been used in the killing.