Gota directly involved in Keith Noyarh abduction, assault!
Former defence secretary Nandasena G Rajapaksa was directly involved in the abduction of former ‘The Nation’ co-editor Keith Noyarh, who was kidnapped on 22 May 2008, taken to an Army safehouse in Dompe, beaten up and questioned before being freed due to pressure by civil society and international organizations and diplomatic missions, the Mt. Lavinia court was told yesterday (18).
The CID informed the court that the main suspect Maj. Bulathwatte, arrested early yesterday morning, had rented the safehouse by producing his personal identification and documents. After abducting Noyarh, Bulathwatte had informed his chief, Army intelligence chief Brig. Amal Karunasekara, who in turn notified head of state intelligence Kapila Hendawitharana. Hendawitharana then informed Gotabhaya that they had taken the journalist, after which the then defence secretary had telephoned Bulathwatte to his mobile phone and gave him instructions, the court was also told.
The CID said it would submit all the telephone no. and calls times details at the hearing. Following this revelation, lawyers for the accused refrained from making any attempt at obtaining bail for their clients. Some had immediately telephoned Gotabhaya and informed him about the development.
Thereafter, a team of lawyers including Udaya Gammanpila, Nalinda Indatissa and Misbah met Gotabhaya at his home and discussed the course of action they should take. There, it was decided to relaunch the ‘war heroes comedy’. Also, colonels Shammi Kumararatne and Mahatanthila have been given the task of silencing the witnesses from the Army.
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