Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa today denied his son was involved in the alleged murder of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
Rajapaksa who is contesting the August 17 general election as a UPFA candidate from Kurunegala district said a future UPFA government would conduct an impartial probe into the alleged killing of Thajudeen if the party comes to power at the upcoming parliamentary polls.
Addressing a packed news conference at hotel Jaic Hilton in Colombo today, Rajapaksa went on to say that the timing of the new government’s probe on the alleged murder of Thajudeen which occurred in 2012 suggested that his political opponents were trying to gain petty political mileage from the incident on the eve of a crucial parliamentary election. Rajapaksa said that the government instead of trying to seek political mileage from the incident should conduct an impartial investigation and reveal the truth.
On Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne’s assertion that investigations have unearthed the involvement of three Presidential Security Division (PSD) personnel who served during Rajapaksa’s time in the incident, the former President said that politicians could utter various things but only an impartial and comprehensive probe will reveal the true nature of the rugger players death.
Meanwhile Thajudeen’s remains will be exhumed tomorrow on a Magisterial order. The order comes in the wake of the CID informing courts that fresh evidence show Thajudeens death was not accidental but murder.
It has been alleged that those with links to the Rajapaksa regime were involved in the killing. The media have reported that Thajudeen was killed over a love affair that involved Rajapaksa’s second son Yoshitha, although police recorded the death as a road accident.
Thajudeens charred body was found close to Shalika grounds in Narahenpita in May 2012, with the police claiming that his car had hit a wall and exploded
The Police has provided 24-hour security to the Thajudeen’s grave site fearing his remains will be removed before an exhumation..