Suspects of the assault of journalist Keith Noyahr have been identified through the investigations of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
Even though Keith Noyahr was summoned to appear before the CID and give a statement several times, he did not do so since he is presently residing in Australia.
Because of this, Keith Noyahr was criticized by many who claimed that he is not interested in cooperating the investigations. However, it has been reported that Keith Noyahr did not come forward because he did not have a confidence in investigations. Corruptions and scams of the former government haven't ended even after three years, and therefore, Keith Noyahr's suspicion is reasonable. Also, so far no person has been sentenced with regard to this.
However, Keith Noyahr later changed his mind and agreed to give a statement to the CID. Recently, Assistant Superintend Police B. S. Tisera and CID Inspector Nishantha Silva left for Canberra, Australia to record a statement.
Since Keith Noyahr is now a citizen of Australia, obtaining visa from the Australian government for these two officers was delayed. Australian government emphasized that although it is acceptable to obtain a statement from an Australian citizen with his consent, one cannot force him to give a statement. Since Keith Noyahr consented to give a statement, the two CID officers received visa.
The two CID officers had gone to the Sri Lankan High Commission in Canberra, and Keith Noyahr had given his statement at the High Commission. It has been reported that Keith Noyahr had given information about the assault for over two days.
It has further been reported that the two CID officers are reaching Sri Lanka today (26).
CID resources say that a lot of important information had been revealed from Keith Noyahr's statement and further investigations can be commenced soon.
By now, it has been revealed that killings and abductions of journalists that took place during the former government’s time were carried out by a single group and information given by Keith Noyahr is important to the investigations with regard to those crimes.