Maj. Gen. Karunasekara summoned to CID!

The CID has summoned Amal Karunasekara, then a colonel and Army intelligence chief and now a retired major general, in the coming days to record a statement, as the next step in its investigation into the abduction, detention and assault of ‘The Nation’ co-editor Keith Noyarh in May 2008.

The retired officer has been summoned on the basis of the revelations made by the Army intelligence officers presently in remand custody over their role in the incident. Soon after Noyarh was abducted, Maj. Bulathwatte, who had led the abductors, informed Karunasekara about the incident. Karunasekara in turn informed the then national intelligence chief Kapila Hendavitharana, who notified the then defence secretary Nandasena G. Rajapaksa, it has come to light by the analysis of telephone conversation data. Gota directly spoke to Bulathwatte and gave him instructions.

On the attorney general’s department advice, the CID has nicely build up the circumstantial evidence, which is adequate to arrest the ex-defence secretary without a warrant, but it could not happen due to yet another political deal, lawyers say. Gota is doing his best to prevent his arrest, say sources close to him.

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