Against President Maithripala Sirisena’s wishes, Army Intelligence Officer Premananda Udalagama was further remanded yesterday by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate. He has been remanded till October 28, over his alleged involvement in the killing of Sunday Leader Founding Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge.
In July, the CID arrested Udalagama in connection to the Wickrematunge murder. The Army Intelligence Officer was also identified as the person who abducted Dias, the slain editor’s driver.
Udalagama was also identified as the person who attacked Rivira Newspaper editor Upali Tennakoon, and his wife in 2009 in Gampaha, a few weeks after Wickrematunge’s murder.
Late last month, Wickrematunge’s remains were exhumed following a court order after the CID informed the court that there were inconsistencies in the autopsy report issued by the then JMO. The new autopsy report is expected to be released this month. Wickrematunge was assassinated while on his way to work in January 2009.
Speaking at an event on Wednesday at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Sirisena accused authorities of holding military intelligence officers in remand custody for over 10 months without charging them.