AG orders arrest of soldier linked to attack on Uplai Thenakoon

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Investigators have made a major breakthrough on the probe into the assault on former Editor Upali Tennakoon and are set to arrest a key suspect, The Sunday Morning newspaper reported today.

Fingerprints found on Tennakoon’s vehicle on the day of the assault have been linked to an army officer accused of being involved in the attack.

Co-ordinating Secretary of the Attorney General (AG) State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne told The Sunday Morning that investigations had linked the fingerprint of Lalith Rajapaksa, an officer of the Sri Lanka Army, to that which was found on the vehicle.

“The suspect has no explanation as to how his fingerprint got on to the vehicle of Upali Tennakoon,” Jayaratne said.

Accordingly, State Counsel Jayaratne said that AG Dappula De Livera had instructed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to arrest Rajapaksa and produce him before court.
“The AG has instructed the CID to name the suspect, follow the Criminal Procedure Code, and produce him before court. Essentially, the CID has been instructed to arrest Rajapaksa, produce him before court, and record a statement,” Jayaratne said.