18 May, 2022


Who Hired The Retired Army Officer To Kill Lasantha, Or Was The Suicide Note A Plant?

The suicide of the retired Army Officer, who claimed to have killed Sunday Leader Founder Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, has resulted in new questions being asked, even before answers to the old questions were found.

The most burning question that is currently being asked is who gave orders to the 51 year old retired Army Officer to kill Wickrematunge, and if he was re-employed by the main culprits after his retirement to carry out the assassination. The Army Officer retired in 2007; however Wickrematunge was murdered in 2009. Therefore, the biggest question is who hired him, and which unit in the Army rehired him.

Lasntha with Ex-President Mahinda and Justice minister Wijeyadasa

Lasantha with Ex-President Mahinda and Justice minister Wijeyadasa

The officer who had committed suicide in his home at Kegalle had left a very unemotional note stating ‘to whom it may concern’ –claiming he had killed Lasantha, and it was not Premananda Udalagama, who is currently in remand for his alleged involvement to the Wickrematunge murder.

However, what analysts point out is that, usually when a person commits suicide due to remorse, then his letter will contain some sort of an emotional factor, and will never be drafted in a formal tone, using terms such as ‘to whom it may concern.’

“After all, the army officer who committed suicide is a father, he had children, he would have at least had some sort of remorse because he had to leave them behind,” an analyst pointed out.

Another point that was highlighted is to verify if the hand writing was in fact the retired Army officer’s handwriting or whether the note was a plant.

It was also noted that the CID should now grill Udalagama and verify if he in fact knew the retired army officer, and if the army officer visited Udalagama in prison.

“If he committed suicide due to remorse, has he confessed his crime of killing Wickrematunge to any of his family members?” the analyst questioned.

However, the most important point is that not one, but at least two motorcycles followed Wickrematunge on the day he was killed, and then how can the retired Army officer alone take the blame for the murder, because there were other men present at the scene according to the eye witnesses.

“How come he never mentioned the names of the other men who were part of the group,” the analyst questioned.

“Was this a red herring to close the case? Were the officers investigating the murder onto more and did the perpetrators and those who gave orders aware of the progress?,” he asked.

Just mid this week, President Maithripala Sirisena came to the defence of army officers despite them committing criminal offences. “The President’s statement was made only a couple of days before the so called suicide. Certainly the tone and substance of the President’s statement should have given some form of mental relief to those who committed the murders of Lasantha and Prageeth Ekneligoda, since the suspects are all from the Army. Given that, was there a necessity to commit suicide?,” the analyst asked.

“Whoever did introduce that suicide note (which appears to be a plant) must accept that more questions have been raised than answers. Was it suicide in the first place? Did money money exchange hands? Surely the CID and Courts would ask the same questions?,” he added.

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  • 12



    Rajapakshas went to the extent of attacking Welikada Prison to destroy evidence. They will try everything to have Udalagama killed in the prison and burry evidence against them.

    • 7

      Very true. Just like the fifth guy involved in Bharat Lakshman murder disappeared without any trace. Udalagama himself should know that if he is out of prison he won’t bother the earth for too long.

      • 2

        New King suddenly bursting out that Army Heroes being investigated to Lasantha murder, a unpatriotic precedent. He is claiming he is not aware of Lasantha’s murder was being investigated and neither informed of it. He could be honest on this because his patriotic election promise was “No leader, No Commander and No Soldier will be investigated”. He might have been sitting contented his acolytes are implementing his promise. Because these secret, well hidden, political witch hunting investigation are carried by the New Royal’s whitevankarayas, the CID and F Word CID, these are used by “them” for their advantage. Now he has a concern on these investigation. In total New King has woke up coming to know from “them” that these investigations are going to be used against Yahapalanaya Goverment, if he does not move his butt and stop it. So he carried “Aiyo” on the defence gathering and went ahead and alerted the police. Why would the New King will alert the police if “they” tell that these investigations are used for “their” political advantage by “them”? Probably the Name, Time and Place was given to New King and he promptly handed over it to police, unlike Ranil who refuse to reveal the Kathirgamar’s case. The bottom of the truth is they challenged the investigation by murderous retaliation? I don’t know. New King can talk more to Media. I stop here. Anyway, do you need a Sherlock Holmes to continue the story? That kind of Modaya? Come on baby! You are grown up now. Take your own sword and and shield. Go on your own kill.

        After the alert the suicide still took place by a army personnel retired 10 years ago. New King has come to know, but the Police and CID did not know even after the alert? Really? Could somebody explain this? Whose magical hand moved here and who kept their magical hand folded and watching this Hollywood beating Entertainment movie unfolding?

        Somebody said, PSD is infiltrated, watching the Modaya Prince’s CCTV movie. Make sense. Then how safe is New King? Is that why he panicked?

        Ranil said to deal with this situation is accelerate the investigation. Apparent logic behind his this thinking is “lesser time few suicides are committed”. More lives saved. If he is honest, could he put Pillaiyan on the stage now before it is too late? Media reported that Pillaiyan has been met in the prison and told that enlightened rule of Great King Asoka son’s is to be returning soon. (May be Lankawaeyan wants to ask Hillary, if she wins to Keep Secretary Kerry on the post?) How many days Dr. Ranil is diagnosting to Pillaiyan to drag his case unlimitedly? Vidya, Saraniya, Kathirgamar,….Aren’t these are the delays on these cases are Ranil’s Leelavinothams? At least that is what he said.

        The Sun went dim in the beautiful island on the day the two Sinhala Intellectuals named Pilimathalawa and Ehelepola quarrelled to steal the Kingdom from a Tamil King.

        I wonder what Thero DeSilva may be singing now? Would he be praying for his masters:
        “Buddham saranam gacchami
        Dhammam saranam gacchami
        Sangham saranam gacchami.”

  • 0

    Gota’s hand writing,always mixed the names…

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