Former defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is alleged to have paid Rs. 50 million to the Karuna Faction to murder Jaffna District Parliamentarian, Nadarajah Raviraj. This was disclosed by a former State Intelligence Serviceman, Police Constable Liyanarachchi Abeyrathna to the Colombo Additional Magistrate Thilina Gamage.
Giving further evidence, the former police constable went on to say that the payment was channeled through the defence ministry to the Karuna faction, by a ministry official named Wasantha. Abeyrathna also claimed that DIG Keerthi Gajanayake, and State Intelligence Service SSP Mahil Dole were also aware of this contract.
Court was adjourned, and further examination will resume on March 2. Notice was also issued on Angelo Roy, an eyewitness to be present in court for the next hearing.
Raviraj was shot dead by gunmen in Colombo on November 10, 2006. The Tamil National Alliance among others alleged that the then Sri Lankan government under Mahinda Rajapaksa was involved in his assassination. However the government denied responsibility.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is the brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly stated the paid amount was Rs. 5 million. The figure has been updated.