By Colombo Telegraph –
Responding to the article “Richard Was Murdered 22 Years Ago: Remembering Richard” by Leel Pathirana, Arjuna Ranawana says “there is a telling innaccuracy in the article”. Arjusna’s response related to the following part of the said article; “Eeverybody had known Richard since he was the English TV news broadcaster, outstanding journalist with remarkable skills and of course of his charisma being an Actor in Cinema and the TV. But the abductors didn’t know his whereabouts and first, they went to Malwatta Road Rajagiriya where Mr/s. Honters resided. Mrs. Noeline Honter was a colleague of Richard and she was working at Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and in ITN (Independent Television network) the abductors had asked for Richard’s address. When Mr. Kenneth Honter had told them that he did not know, they had threatened to kill his son pointing a gun at his neck taking him hostage. However by going through the telephone directory they had got the number of Arjuna Ranawana who worked for the Rupavahini (TV) Corporation and calling him they had got the directions to Richard’s place.”
We below reproduced Arjuan’s full response.
Article regarding Richard de Zoysa by Leel Pathirana
Let me congratulate you and also express my gratitude for remembering Richard on his death anniversary. It is so important to remind Sri Lankans of the impunity with which those in authority take the lives of citizens.
Also many thanks for reminding everyone that Richard’s killers are roaming free.
However there is a telling innaccuracy in the article that I feel compelled to address.
It was Kenneth Honter who called me and asked me for Richard’s address. It was not his killers. I actually did not know the address and only gave Kenneth directions. That is why the death squad mistakenly woke up the neighbors.
After Richard’s death I gave a voluntary statement to the Welikada Police, which appears not to have been recorded. Several years later on a visit to Sri Lanka I was asked to present myself to the CID where I was questioned for 8 hours. However I never was asked to appear at the murder trial and therefore never gave evidence.
Please be good enough to publish this correction at your earliest.