Under tight security, the remains of Sunday Leader Founder Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge was exhumed today at the Borella general cemetery.
The remains were exhumed as part of a fresh investigation to verify the actual reason behind his death. The order to exhume his remains was issued by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate on September 8, following a request by the CID. The remains were taken out of the Borella cemetery for a fresh autopsy to be carried out by the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer.
However, the exhuming process was halted temporarily in the morning after a drone camera flew over the grave site, attempting to video the exhumation. The media was barred from covering the event following a request from Wickrematunge’s family.
According to the CID, there were inconsistencies in the original report released by the then Judicial Medical Officer over Wickrematunge’s death. Since the court issued the order to exhume the remains of the slain editor, the grave side of Wickrematunge has been under heavy police protection.
Wickrematunge was murdered while he was on his way to work in January 2009 in Attidiya. A military intelligence officer is currently in remand for his alleged connection to the assassination.