Former President Rajapaksa’s statement on Keith Noyarh abduction submitted to courts

Monday, 20 August 2018 - 19:24

The Criminal Investigation Department has today filed its report on the statements recorded on the abduction and assault on journalist Keith Noyarh to the court.
The statement of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was recorded recently.
The case was taken before Mt. Lavinia Additional Magistrate Lochana Abeywickrama today.
The CID also said that it flew to Australia and recorded a statement from Keith Noyarh too in this regard.
Keith Noyarh has told the CID that he was abducted by an unknown group in a white van, handcuffed and made him half-naked before brutally assaulted.
He said the torture was stopped following a telephone call.
The CID stated that Major Bulawatta who was arrested for allegedly commanding the abduction group had made three telephone calls to his commanding officer and former army intelligence director, retired Major General Amal Karunasekera during the period of the ordeal.
The CID informed the court that Lance Corporal Somasuriya has stated in his statement that on the orders of Major Bulawatta, he rented Baduwatta Walauwa in Dompe to detain abducted Keith Noyarh.
The investigators further said that former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was informed twice to give a statement with regard to the abduction but failed to answer their letter so far.
They said they expect to take a court order if he fails to reply to them soon.
Meanwhile, the report of the statement of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa in connection with the Keith Noyarh abduction and assault was filed with the court today.
Making submissions to courts, senior state counsel, Lakmini Girihagama quoted the former President Rajapaksa as saying that a President usually informs the secretary to the President or Defence Secretary to look into the matters on such occasions.
When CID questioned whether he informed Gotabhaya Rajapaksa through the latter’s chief security officer to release Keith Noyarh, the former President had told that he does not remember that.
Meanwhile, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in a communiqué stated that he gave a statement in connection with the incident in response to a legal request made by police.
He further said that he has no any malice towards anybody but did it as a lawful citizen in order to help maintain law and order.

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