For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
by Jamila Najmuddin
altIn a shocking revelation, a former army intelligence officer told the Mount Lavinia Magistrate today that he was told by the Officer In Charge (OIC) of the Terrorist Investigations Department (TID) to claim that a top army official was involved in the killing of former Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickramatunga.
The intelligence officer who is now in remand, told an open court today that he was told to say the army official, whose name was not mentioned in court, was involved in the killing in return for a chance to go overseas and security for his house in Sri Lanka.
While the former army intelligence officer was told to frame the top army officer for Lasantha’s death, he was also told to frame the same army officer for the assault of two top journalists.
The court further remanded the intelligence officer till 26th May. Lasantha Wickrematunge was assassinated on January 2009. The assassination became even more notable because of a chilling editorial he had written in anticipation of being killed