The Army Intelligence Officer Premananda Udalagama was further remanded till October 13 by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate in connection to the assassination of Sunday leader Founder Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge.
Udalagama who was arrested in July by the CID in connection to the Wickrematunge’s assassination was also identified as the culprit who attacked former Editor of the Rivira Newspaper Upali Tennakoon during the same month Wickrematunge was murdered.
Udalagama has also been identified as the person who abducted Dias, Wickrematunge’s driver after the editor’s death. It is reported that Udalagama had kidnapped Dias because Dias in his intoxicated state had gone around making allegations that former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was behind the assassination.
Wickrematunge’s remains were exhumed this week following a court order after the CID informed that there were inconsistencies in the autopsy report issued by the then JMO. The fresh autopsy is expected to take about a month to complete. Wickrematunge was assassinated while on his way to work in January 2009.