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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 - 8:17
Permission to detain kewumaa , the suspect in the 5 billion rupee diamond heist, for 7 days questioning
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Police have been granted permission to have Kelum Indika alias Kewumaa, detained for seven days for questioning regarding the case involving the theft of a Blue Diamond worth approximately Rs.5 billion from Aerawala in Pannipitiya.

Permission was granted following the suspect being produced before the Mahara Magistrate court yesterday.

A high ranking police officer said that the suspect was had been interrogated at length leading to the launch of a search operation to recover several firearms that had been in the suspect’s possession.

Meanwhile, 647 live bullets, 126 mobile phones, three handcuffs, 40 gold sovereigns and several police and army uniforms were recovered yesterday from two houses that the suspect had procured on rent.

Participating at a media briefing held at police headquarters , police media spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said that an amulet worth Rs. 3.7 million was also taken into police custody.

Meanwhile, SP Ruwan Gunasekera said that Kaewumaa had overseen the heist, deploying two gangs.

The plan was masterminded by Maakandurey Madush, who is currently held being in remand custody in Dubai.

It has been confirmed that the owner of the diamond identified the gem that had been recovered as being his .

The SP also said that a separate investigation will be instigated to determine how the owner came into possession of the diamond.
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