The Lasantha Wickrematunge murder investigation now handled by the Criminal Investigations Department ( CID) moved a step further when they honed in on the initial investigators. The initial investigations into Lasantha Wickrematunge’s murder were conducted by the Mt Lavinia Police and Mirihana Police.
Lasantha Wickrematunge was murdered on the 8th of January 2009 along Attidiya Road, near Malagala School,Ratmalana around 10.00 am by Army Intelligence personnel riding Black Coloured Motor Bicycles. The CID informed the Mt Lavinia Magistrate on an earlier hearing that they have sufficient evidence that the murderers were from the Army Intelligence.
The murdered Senior Journalist had been followed from his home along the way to his office by the perpetrators giving the victim considerable time to make several cell phone calls. Amongst the calls the late Lasantha Wickrematunge made were persons such as Malik Samarawickrama, Killy Maharajah and even Temple Trees to reach former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The former President did not come to the phone stating that he was in the shrine room. He was not. To some the late Journalist stated that he had taken down the Motor Cycle numbers in his note book. Evidence recorded shows that Lasantha Wickrematunge carried his note book at all times.
SI Sugathapala who visited the scene of crime collected the note book and made extensive notes in the IB and entered the Note Book as evidence in the Police Records. Supt of Police Adikarai in charge of Mt Lavinia Division informed his DIG P Nanayakkara who inturn informed the then Inspector General of Police Jayantha Wickramaratne of this evidence. Both SI Sugathapala and SP Adikari were summoned by DIG Nanayakkara who ordered a cover up of this evidence by altering the notes and
confiscating the vital Note Book. The Note Book ended up with the former IGP Wickramaratne.
SP Adikarai and SI Sugathapala are in remand for tampering with evidence. They are to make statements before a Magistrate. Former IGP Wickramaratne has filed papers for anticipatory bail. Sleuths investigating are questioning those officers as to what/who provoked them to cover up and was there any evidence or prior knowledge of who was behind the murder to go to such extent.