Lt. Commander Hettiarachchi detained by CID for Alleged youth abduction /disappearance


Colombo Additional Magistrate Kanchana Silva yesterday (14), allowed the CID to detain Lieutenant Commander Prasad Hettiarachchi of the Navy for 48 hours to question him over the alleged disappearance and abduction of 11 youth in 2008 and 2009.

The suspect was nabbed by the Officer-in-Charge of the CID’s Organized Crimes Division, Nishantha Silva when he was seen around Lotus Road Colombo on the evening of 12 August. He was produced in the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court on 13 August.

The Additional Magistrate gave her order after having considered a request made by the CID.

As the case is currently being heard before the Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate’s Court, the suspect is due to be produced before the Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate, Lanka Jayaratne today (15).

The Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate’s Court had previously issued an open warrant for the arrest of the suspect, while the Court of Appeal too had issued a similar warrant, in connection with the murder case of former Parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj.

The CID making submissions to Court said the suspect on 17 April last year had prepared a fake National Identity Card and a passport under the name of Polwattagallage Ashoka. He had then gone to Malaysia and returned home in March this year and was working as a watcher at a coconut plantation in the Dompe area. Several Navy officers, including former Navy Spokesman, Commodore D.K.P. Dissanayake, who were arrested in this connection, are currently out on bail.

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