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Wasim Thajudeen case postponed for March 24

The Colombo High Court yesterday fixed for March 24 the delivery of its order regarding the prosecution’s request to proceed with the case in the absence of the former Senior Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Anura Senanayake for allegedly covering up evidence in connection with the death of former Havelock’s SC captain Wasim Thajudeen.

The case was taken up before the High Court judge Vikum Kaluarachchi.

On a previous occasion, Deputy Solicitor General Dilan Rathnayake appearing on behalf of the Attorney General informed the court that the prosecution wished to lead the evidence to proceed with the trial under Section 241 of the Criminal Procedure, in the absence of the accused, DIG Anura Senanayake.

Specialist Dr. Jayantha Balawardhana testified before the court that Senanayake has cancer and is currently receiving treatment at the Kotalawela Defence University Hospital and cannot appear before the court for trial proceedings.

President’s Counsel Anil Silva who appeared for the accused Anura Senanayake raised an objection and informed the court that since his client was not able to communicate with anyone, he was unable to get instructions from the accused for future proceedings of the trial. Further, if the case proceeds in the absence of the accused, it will be prejudicial to the defence, he said.

Accordingly, the High Court Judge ordered that another date be fixed for the order to be given, and the order will be given on March 24.

On a previous occasion, former DIG Senanayake was present in court on summons and was ordered to be released on bail by Judge Vikum Kaluarachchi. The High Court also issued an order preventing the accused from travelling overseas without court permission. His passport was ordered to be kept under court custody.

Former rugby player Thajudeen was killed apparently in a road accident in Colombo in May 2012. The Attorney General had filed indictments against the former Senior DIG under Section 198 of the Penal Code for causing the disappearance of evidence or giving false information.

The Attorney General had named 24 witnesses including Wasim Thajudeen’s sister Fathima Thajudeen, former Narahenpita Crimes OIC Sumith Champika Perera and Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer Prof. Ajith Tennakoon as witnesses in the case.

During the magisterial inquiry, former Western Province Senior DIG Anura Senanayake, former Narahenpita Crimes OIC Sumith Champika Perera and former Colombo Chief Medical Officer Prof. Ananda Samarasekara had been named as first, second and third suspects respectively.

They were arrested over their alleged involvement in the cover up of evidence in respect of former rugby player Wasim Thajudeen’s murder and allegedly conspiring to commit the murder. They are currently on bail.

On July 27, 2015 the CID submitted to Court that the death of Thajudeen was not an accident but a murder. While delivering the verdict into the inquest, the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court on February 25, 2016, ruled that the death appeared to be a murder and ordered the CID Director to immediately arrest all suspects involved in the incident and produce them before Courts.

The CID had informed court that investigations conducted so far had revealed that Thajudeen’s teeth had been broken, the bones in the pelvic region had also been broken and his neck pierced with a sharp instrument prior to his death, following the so-called ‘accident’.

The CID added that muscles in his legs had been cut with a piece of a broken glass. Earlier, Police maintained that Thajudeen was driving to the airport and had lost control of his car and crashed into the wall of Shalika Grounds at Park Road, Narahenpita, and that his vehicle had exploded within seconds of the crash.

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