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Abduction of 11 youth in 2008, 2009

Two more Navy personnel arrested

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had arrested two more Navy personnel in connection with the abduction of the 11 youth in 2008 and 2009. They were taken into custody based on investigations conducted on telephone conversations, Police media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

The two arrested Navy personnel are Petty Officer Imbulana Liyanage Upul Chaminda and Leading Seaman Sanjeewa Senanayake.

Petty Officer Imbulana Liyanage Upul Chaminda is being charged under four counts of having demanded ransom from the relatives of the abducted youth in order to avoid killing them, having obtained a ransom of Rs. 500,000 from the wife of an abducted person in the Kadahapola area, threatening a relative of an abducted person with weapons and extorting Rs. 500,000 from him in the Thambalagamuwa area and the killing of the 11 youths.

Petty Officer Upul Chaminda is also known as an alias ‘Annachchi,’the Police Media Spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Leading Seaman Sanjeewa Senanayake is charged on the grounds of having aided and abetted in the abduction, illegal detention, demanding ransom and killing of the 11 youths.

The CID had produced the two suspects before the Fort Magistrate’s Court yesterday (14) and they are also scheduled to be produced for an identification parade.

With regard to the abduction of the 11 youths in 2008, 2009, former Lieutenant Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi, alias ‘Navy Sampath,’ is currently in remand custody. Further, Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne was also arrested and remanded for a week before being granted bail over aiding Lieutenant Commander Chandana Hettiarachchi to evade arrest and escape. 


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