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Terror at Rambukkana: AG not yet approved of SSP Keethiratne’s arrest?

The Attorney General has not yet approved of arresting SSP in charge of the Kegalle Division K.B. Keerthiratne who had ordered the April 19 shooting at a protest in Rambukkana killing one.

Confessing before the Kegalle Magistrate Court on April 22, Keerthiratne admitted that he had ordered the shooting. LNW disclosed that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on April 23 had uncovered that the SSP had stemmed an unnecessary conflict with the protesters and the actual events were even briefed to the higher authorities.

In our experience of trials being dragged in in the simplest explanation of the AG’s approval not being granted, cases in general are forgotten by the people as the time passes by.

Keerthiratne being a close relative of Neville Wanniarachchi, the Chief Security Officer of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, we do not know whether his trial is being delayed at the works of an invisible fist.

Nevertheless, recalling our experience with the trial of former MP Ranjan Ramanayake, the CID exceeding the expectations is capable of making an arrest in a matter of hours, should they desire to.

It has been seven days since the murder of Chaminda Lakshan, the 41-year old father of two who is the victim of the terror at Rambukkana, and no arrest has been made to date.


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