By Darshanie Ratnawalli –
Mahinda.info releases the original police report showing no time for torture
Mahinda Rajapaksa Information Center, Mahinda.info yesterday published a scanned copy of the original report filed by Inspector Damian Perera, OIC, Police Station Narahenpita on 2012 May 21, four days after the incidence which produced the body identified as Wasim Thajudeen’s in the burnt car registered in his name.
This report lists the initial evidence of the friends who last saw Thajudeen alive as well the first spectators at the site of the crash. The last person who saw Wasim Thajudeen alive, was Mohamed Sakeer Badurdeen (The name is written in Sinhala and is given in English as it sounds). Thajudeen dropped Badurdeen off at the residence of the latter at No. 15, Nihal Silva Mawatha, Kirulapone at 11. 50 or 11. 51 pm on 16 May 2012. One of the first spectators at the crash site Balendran Premananda of No. 74, School Lane, Wellawatte passed Shalika Grounds around 12 midnight on 16 May 2012 on his way to the Airport, Katunayaka and saw Wasim’s car on fire. He also reports seeing one person already near the car. According to the times on this report there was only about 10 minutes for the alleged abduction and torture of the victim to take place. The CID intimated to the Court on 27 July 2015 that they suspect murder followed by torture.
This initial Police report gives the evidence of the three friends who were the last people to see Thajudeen alive. They were Junadeen Mariana Rashmi de Silva, Chaminda Jeya Prakaash and Mohamed Sakeer Badurdeen. All three state that the three men Chaminda, Mohamed and Wasim drank two bottles of Old Arrack at the residence of Mariana Rashmi, the girlfriend of Chaminda Jeya Prakaash. According to Mariana Rashmi and Chaminda Jeyaprakaash, Wasim Thajudeen and Mohamed Sakeer came to Rashmi’s residence at 7.30 pm on 16 May when Chaminda Jeya Prakaash was already there. According to Mariana Rashmi and Mohamed Sakeer the company of the three male friends left the girl Rashmi’s place at 11. 30 pm on 16 May. However according to the statement of Chaminda Jeyaprakaash, Rashmi’s boyfriend, they left at 11 pm. From Rashmi’s rented place at Anderson Flats, Colombo 5, the three men got into Waseem’s car and drove to No. 36, Galhena Road, Gangodawilla, Nugegoda, which was the residence of Chaminda Jeya Prakaash. According to Chaminda Jeya Prakaash, he left Wasim Thajudeen’s car at around 11. 45 pm while Thajudeen drove off having expressed the intention of dropping off Mohamed Sakeer.
This Police report lists the testimonies of three spectators at the crash site. According to all three they were not the first to reach the site. There already were other people there when each of them reached the site. All three claim to have called 119. The notification from 119 reached the Narahenpita Police at 12. 55 am, nearly an hour after the spectators testify to have seen the crash and the fire.
Whichever the investigations on the exhumed body of Waseem Thajudeen goes, the issue of timing will prove crucial. Did Thajudeen’s friends, the last to see him alive give false times or did Inspector Damien Perera (still a serving officer in the Police force) falsify the times in the report?
Could the injuries detected on Thajudeen’s body be the result of a car crashing into the Shalika Wall with enough force to break it down especially if (as Mahinda. info reports) Thajudeen was not wearing a seat belt and the airbags of the car had failed to work? Could the forensic pathologists distinguish between injuries caused by a car crash and those caused by torture? Do the breaking of teeth, bone fractures, trauma from a blunt instruments and etc on Thajudeen’s body carry the unique and unmistakable imprint of torture to the exclusion of trauma associated with a car crash? The Government ministers issuing statements, Sujeewa Senesinghe for one seems not to be aware that there was an actual car crash.
This is evident from Senesinghe’s statement reported at Sirasa which contains the deputy minister’s puzzlement as to why Thajudeen did not get out of the car and walk away before it was devoured in the fire. This could be the result of not having seen photos of the crash site with the broken down Shalika wall. It could also be Senesinghe’s unfamiliarity with car crashes. The vast majority of cars that crash into walls with fatal consequences do not catch fire. Yet the occupants of these cars never get out or walk away due to the simple reason of being dead or unconscious or too severely damaged in their soft tissues.
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