For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
According to police Buthaya has also enjoyed political clout with another underworld figure known as Chuti Putha of Kolonnawa alleged to have been Buthaya’s brother. Thanks to his political links Buthaya was able to stay in hiding for some time after having committed crimes in the past. Nihal is alleged to have taken the contract to torch the office through another person who is based overseas. But, Buthaya had maintained that once the contract had been handed over to him and Susa, Nihal had at no stage told them that the office they were supposed to torch belonged to the Fourth Estate.
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