Colombo Additional Magistrate A.M. Sahabdeen ordered today to remand DIG Vass Gunawardana until 25th this month. CID arrested Vass Gunawardana on June 10 and detained for questioning in connection with conspiring to abduct and murdering of businessman Mohamad Siayam in Bambalapitiya.
The order was given after the Magistrate examined DIG Gunawardena today who is receiving treatment for a sudden illness at Colombo National Hospital.
4 police officers including a sub inspector served under DIG Gunawardana and 2 civil persons were also arrested on the same charges beforehand.
When the case was taken at the previous time, the 2 civil persons made statements voluntarily in the official chamber of the Magistrate.
The remanded DIG is receiving further treatment in bed Number 9 of the 42nd ward at the Colombo National Hospital.
SSP attached to the CID Shani Abeysekera submitted a report of the progress of the investigations and a summary report to Colombo Additional Magistrate A.M. Sahabdeen.
CID SSP’s report stated that when suspected DIG was being questioned before his arrest, he got up, threw back his chair and threatened the CID sleuths.
Attorney-at-Law Ajith Pathirana appearing for suspected DIG Gunawardana told the court that keeping the DIG in the same prison with several inmates who were arrested by the DIG in the past would pose danger to the latter’s life.
I quote: "I understood, you would do this but you cannot keep me in forever. Shani, I am a murderer. Wait and see what I'll do to you guys." Quote ends.
SSP Shani Abeysekera told the court that this statement by DIG Gunawardana poses a threat to his life as well as the lives of his family members.
CID has taken into custody all the information records and official records and the CID said that the daily movement and duty records of the 4 police officers were also missing from the log books.
SSP’s report further said that the 4 officers have operated on oral instructions therefore it is evident that there was no control over them whatsoever.
CID found 2 feet long 2 nylon threads, a piece of cloth and human hair in one of the vehicles believed to be used by the suspects in the killing.
CID also said that two finger prints were found on the driver’s mirror of the other vehicle.
The victim Mohamad Siyam was shot to death and abandoned his naked body in a lonely place in Dompe. The CID also told the court that the motive of the killing is still not known and the nature of the murder poses suspicions.
Attorney-at-Law Nalinda Indratissa appearing for the interests of the murdered businessman had stated that he would not object remanding the suspect under necessary protection.
The case is to be taken before court on 25th this month.