For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
January 06, 2011
Police informed court yesterday that investigations were being carried out based on information regarding the involvement of a former member of Army Intelligence and a garage owner in the assassination of the editor of the Sunday Leader Newspaper Lasantha Wickrematunga.
Police informed this to court when the case was taken up before Mount Lavinia Chief Magistrate Nirosha Fernando yesterday.
Meanwhile, counsels appearing on behalf of the accused informed court that the Criminal Investigations Department, which conducted investigations into the suspects arrested 11 months ago, had handed over the reports of those investigations to the Terrorist Investigations Department (TID).
The counsels pointed out that no progress on these reports had been produced before court.
Accordingly the Chief Magistrate ordered officers of the TID to produce a progress report on investigations carried out to date on the 14th of this month.
While the case would be taken up again on the 14th of this month, the suspects were placed under remand custody once again.