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Disappearance of 11 youth in 2008, 2009

Three more Navy personnel remanded

Colombo Fort acting Magistrate Deemani Baddewela yesterday remanded three navy personnel including two officers who were arrested over the alleged abduction and disappearance of 11 youths between 2008 and 2009, till March 6.

The suspects are Lieutenant Commander Nilantha Herath, Navy officer Anton Fernando and Chief Petty Officer Samapath Janaka Kumara.

Filing a further report, CID’s Gang and Robbery Unit OIC Nishantha Silva informed Court that they recorded statements from Somadasa and Kottage who are said to be allegedly involved in the abduction of the youths.

The CID further stated that they had begun the investigation on the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths based on a written complaint by the then Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda to the CID DIG on May 28, 2009, against his personal security officer, then Lt. Commander Nilantha Sampath Munasinghe, following which the CID was able to unravel the Navy’s involvement in the abductions.

The CID said they had detained Lt. Commander Nilantha Sampath Munasinghe for one year under CID custody.

One of the abducted youth, Rajiv Naganathan had been in contact with his parents Govindasamy Naganathan and Sarojini Naganathan from December 31, 2008, to the end of March 2009, the CID stated.

Those abducted were Kasthuriarachchilage John Rit alias John, Rajiv Naganathan alias Malli, Pradeep Vishvanathan, Tillakeshwaran Ramalingam, Mohomed Sajith, Jamamdeen Dilan, Amalan Leon, Roshan Leon, AntHony Kasthuriarachchi, Thyagaraja Jegan and Mohomed Ali Anver alias Hajiya.

The CID informed court that one of abducted, Ali Anver, was an informant for this intelligence group.Those eight abducted youths had been taken to the ‘Gun Side camp’, located within the Ocean Science Faculty premises of the Naval Command in Trincomalee, from where they were held at the naval camp in Colombo Fort. In Colombo Fort they had been kept in the ‘Pittu Bambuwa’ jail under Lt.Commander Hettiarachchi.

The CID also stated that former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda filed a Fundamental Rights petition before the Supreme Court seeking an Interim Order preventing the CID from arresting him.CID informed court that they will take action to arrest Wasantha Karannagoda after receiving the judgement of the petition filed by former Navy Commander Karannagoda.

Former Lt. Commander, Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi, alias ‘Navy Sampath’ and two others who were arrested over the abduction and disappearance of 11 youth were remanded till March 6.

The Magistrate fixed further inquiries for March 6.


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