The CID has confiscated 26 human body parts from the SAITM laboratory in Malabe during a search operation carried out this evening to locate the missing body parts of murdered ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen.
The CID with the assistance of forensic experts commenced a search operation for the body parts at SAITM this afternoon after the Colombo Additional Magistrate issued a search warrant allowing the CID to search for the body parts at the institute.
Last month, SAITM Chairman Dr. Neville Fernando said that SAITM does not possess any skeletal remains of the late ruggerite. In a statement issued in September, Fernando said, “SAITM records do not reveal that any specimen of the late Mr. Wasim Thajudeen was sent to the institution. SAITM states no authority has visited the institution or inspected any specimens that are in its custody, to date.”
According to the CID, ex-JMO Ananda Samarasekera had sent some of Thajudeen’s skeletal remains to SAITM in Malabe, although he initially claimed that he had given the body parts to two minor workers to store in a freezer. A claim the minor workers denied. Samarasekera currently serves as the Professor and Head of Department of Forensic Medicine at SAITM. During the original autopsy carried out by Samarasekera, he ruled the cause of Thajudeen’s death as due to an accident; however a subsequent autopsy revealed that the ruggerite was murdered.