Several PSD officers who served under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa have been questioned by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) over the murder of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen.
State Counsel Dilan Rathnayake informed the Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris on Wednesday that Udaya Nandana Nagahawattaarachchi who served in the PSD as a staff sergeant had been interrogated by the CID over the incident. Along with Nagahawattaarachchi, four other officers attached to the PDS who also served Rajapaksa when he was President have also been questioned.
In February, Colombo Additional Magistrate, Nishantha Pieris ruled that Thajudeen was murdered, and ordered the CID to arrest the suspects in connection to his murder.
Two sons of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Namal, who is a Parliamentarian, and Yoshitha, who is out on bail over a money laundering case at the Carlton Sports Network, are alleged to be involved in the incident. However, both have reportedly denied involvement. Six suspects, including ‘Captain Tissa‘, the personal chauffer of former President Rajapaksa, who also served as a bodyguard to former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, and their sons, Namal and Yoshitha have been identified as a possible suspect by CID.
Former DIG Anura Senanayake and ex Crimes OIC of Narahenpita Police Sumith Perera are currently in remand for concealing evidence in the murder case. Thajudeen was killed in Colombo in May 2012.