Army Intelligence Officer Premananda Udalagama arrested in connection to the murder of Sunday Leader founder editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, has been further remanded till August 11 by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate.
Udalagama is also facing fresh charges in another journalist attack, after the court granted permission to the CID to produce the suspect before the Gampaha magistrate in connection to the attack on Rivira Newspaper editor Upali Tennakoon, in 2009.
Last week, Udalagama was identified as the kidnapper of Dias, the driver of Wickrematunge. Dias was reportedly kidnaped a few months after Wickrematunge’s assassination, after he reportedly went around claiming that former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was behind Wickrematunge’s assasination.
Udalagama was arrested mid last month by the CID in connection to Wickrematunge’s murder.