An army intelligence officer named Lalith Rajapaksa who used to serve in the Maradana Tripoli camp, is to be arrested over the 2009 assault on former Rivira newspaper Editor Upali Tennakoon. The suspect’s fingerprints have been found on Tennakoon’s car but the suspect has failed to provide reasons as to how his fingerprints ended up on Tennakoon’s car.
The discovery of the fingerprints marks a major breakthrough in the investigations into the assassinations and abductions of journalists and editors during the Rajapaksa regime. Probes linked the crimes to a gang of intel officers who operated off the Maradana Tripoli and fell under the purview of Ex Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa .
Coordinating Secretary to the Attorney General, State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne has told the Sunday Morning that the CID has been instructed to arrest the army intel officer and produce him before Court.
The Instructions had been communicated on June 27 to the CID.