For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Second suspect Kandegedera Priyawansa, who had been on bail in connection with the killing of former Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickremethunga was discharged by Mount Lavinia Chief Magistrate Rangajeewa Wimalasena.
The first suspect Pitchchai Jesudasan had died while in remand last year. The two men had been arrested by the Terrorist Investigation Division during the investigation into the Editor’s killing at Attidiya Junction in Ratmalana on December 8, 2009.
Mr. Wickramatunga was waylaid and brutally killed by an armed gang while he was inside his car on his way to office. The magistrate discharged the accused on a request by the Friday, TID on the advise of the Attorney General in the absence of adequate evidence to connect him to the incident. (M.S. Perera)
06 September 2013
The army officer who had been remanded under the suspicion of the involvement of Sunday Leader former editor Mr. Lasantha Wickramathunga’s murder, was acquitted from all the charges today (06).
Mt. Lavinia chief magistrate Mr. Ranga Wimalawansha acquitted the suspect upon advice of the AGs department.
The defendant is a Military intelligence officer named K. Priyawansha.
Mr. Lasantha Wickramathunga was assassinated In broad daylight on the 08.02.2009 near Aththidiya when he was going to work in his car.
The Colombo TID who investigated on the matter arrested an army officer and a garage owner in Nuwara Eliya.
The two suspects were brought before Court and were sent to remand Prison. And the garage owner named T. Jesudasan died in the prison due to illnesses