Ekneligoda case: ‘Suspects not talking despite evidence to link them’ | Daily News

Ekneligoda case: ‘Suspects not talking despite evidence to link them’

CID Director SSP Shani Abeysekara yesterday disclosed that the CID had “ample evidence to link the suspects to journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda’s disappearance but that investigators have not been able to elicit information on Ekneligoda’s eventual fate as the suspects have continuously refused to co-operate with the investigators.

The CID has now handed the final investigation reports to the Attorney General’s Department, SSP Abeysekara said.

Abeysekara also said despite allegations the CID did not find any evidence linking Ekneligoda to the LTTE.

The CID Director said the CID has not unravelled the mystery behind who ordered Ekneligoda’s abduction. “It is unlikely that Kumararathna who took Ekneligoda to the camp in Giritale had a personal reason to do so,” Abeysekara said. “We can trace Ekneligoda’s last known whereabouts to Akkaraipattu on January 26, 2010,” he told the media at a press briefing held at Police Headquarters yesterday. He added that one of the main suspects was also traced to the same area that day. “Lieutenant Colonel Shammi Kumararathna can be placed in the same area through phone record analysis,” he said. However, he said Kumararathna and other suspects are refusing to divulge further information about Ekneligoda.

He also denied the allegations that the CID is hunting down war heroes. Recalling that the Ekneligoda case was one of the first cases he was ordered to investigate which had connections to military intelligence, Abeysekara said the suspects themselves admitted to the journalist’s abduction and there was ample evidence to connect the suspects to the case.

The CID has now submitted the final reports on the case to the AG’s Department focusing on 12 suspects connected to military intelligence believed to have been involved in the journalist’s abduction and release on and his August 8, 2009 disappearance on January 10, 2010.


 

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