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Ex-Major General re-remanded till July 24

Mount Lavinia Additional Magistrate Lochana Abewickrama yesterday re-remanded former military intelligence head retired Major General Amal Karunasekara till July 24 who was in remand custody in connection with the abduction and assault incident in 2008 of former Deputy Editor of the Nation newspaper Keith Noyahr, Senior State Counsel Lakmini Girihagama appearing on behalf of the Criminal Investigation Department informed the Magistrate that the present Army Intelligence Unit Director has been unable to answer the questions raised by the CID officials.

Earlier, SSC Girihagama revealed certain details regarding the documents which were in the possession of Amal Karunasekara when he was in prison.

SSC Girihagama stated that the prison authorities handed over those documents to the CID officials. She added however CID officials have found some detailed documents related to the payments and the manner in which the Dompe safe house, could be purchased.

Prison officials informed the Magistrate that former Military Intelligence Director and Army Chief of Staff, Major General (Retired) Amal Karunasekara was presently at the Colombo National Hospital.

The President’s Counsel appearing for Major General (Retired) Amal Karunasekara (8th suspect) pleaded his client be granted bail on suitable conditions.

While objecting to the bail plea, SSC Girihagama stated that Major General (Retired) Amal Karunasekara had not revealed any information regarding his duties and responsibilities while he was serving as the Former Military Intelligence Director.

"Statements were recorded from the two Army officials who worked at the Dompe safe House. According to the statements given by them, it has been revealed that the electricity bills of the Dompe safe house had been paid by the Maradana Tripoli Camp. However the CID officials found four electricity bills of the Dompe safe house," SSC Girihagama said. SSC Girihagama also informed the Magistrate that statements were recorded regarding the article written by a journalist. Investigations are being carried out regarding the newspaper article, SSC also added.

The Magistrate ordered the CID officials to ascertain all the details regarding the Dompe, Batuwatta safe house and reports on expenditure heads, with the help of the present Secretary to the Ministry of Defense.

The Magistrate also ordered prison officials to submit the medical report of Major General (Rtd. Amal Karunasekara in relation to his seeking treatment at the Colombo General Hospital.

The Magistrate fixed the inquiry for July 24.


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