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No breakthrough without GA report say police

By Nirmala Kannangara

The Government Analyst (GA) has sought more time to release the report on the assassination of The Sunday Leader Editor-in-Chief, Lasantha Wickrematunge citing there were further tests to be done to ascertain more details on the murder, The Sunday Leader learns.

Police Spokesperson SSP Ranjith Gunasekara told The Sunday Leader that the GA report is vital for a breakthrough and to find out the type of gun that was used to kill Wickrematunge. However, he said that since more time has been sought for a complete appraisal, the GA report would be further delayed.

The Mt. Lavinia Magistrate Harsha Setunaga on Thursday (19) postponed Wickrematunge’s murder trial by a month till March 19.

When queried as to what progress the four police investigating teams have made to date, Gunasekara said that all telephone calls received by Wickrematunge on the day of the assassination have been traced and further investigations are to be based on that.

"The police requested the Mt. Lavinia Magistrate to grant a court order to refer the telephone numbers to the Data Processing Department of the Moratuwa University and since the request has been granted details of the calls could now be traced easily," Gunasekara said.

Gunasekara further said the two suspects alleged to have had a link to the murder are to be further interrogated for more details.

Meanwhile, the Mt. Lavinia Magistrate on Thursday (19) instructed the Mt. Lavinia police to release Wickrematunge’s car and other belongings that were removed from the scene to his brother and The Sunday Leader Managing Editor, Lal Wickrematunge.

 

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