Five army officers, including a Major have been suspended by the Army for their alleged involvement in the abduction and assault of former deputy editor of The Nation Keith Noyahr.
The five army personnel who were arrested by the CID over the weekend are currently in remand custody, as ordered by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate.
Noyahr, a senior journalist was abducted in 2008 near his residence and was severely beaten but was released the next day. The incident happened just days after Noyahr wrote an article critical of Sarath Fonseka in his weekly military column published in The Nation. Fonseka now serves as senior minister in the present government.
However, in a new twist, it appears that the blame is now being put on former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, for being the person who orchestrated the incident.
Soon after his abduction and subsequent release, Noyahr who sustained serious injuries, left the country with his family.