(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Attorney General has filed indictments against former Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police Anura Senanayake for allegedly covering up evidence in connection with the death of former Havelocks SC captain Wasim Thajudeen. Former rugby player Thajudeen was killed, apparently, in a road accident in Colombo in May 2012.

The indictments have been filed under Section 198 of the Penal Code for causing disappearance of evidence or giving false information.

During the magisterial inquiry, former Western Province Senior DIG Anura Senanayake, former Narahenpita Crimes OIC Sumith Champika Perera and former Colombo Chief Medical Officer Prof. Ananda Samarasekara had been named as first, second and third suspects respectively.

They were arrested over their alleged involvement in the cover up of evidence in respect of former rugby player Wasim Thajudeen’s murder and allegedly conspiring to commit the murder. They are currently out on bail.

On July 27, 2015 the CID submitted to Court that the death of Thajudeen was not an accident but a murder.

While delivering the verdict into the inquest, Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court on February 25, 2016 ruled that the death appeared to be a murder and ordered the CID Director to immediately arrest all suspects involved in the incident and produce them before Courts.

The CID had informed court that investigations conducted so far had revealed that Thajudeen’s teeth had been broken, the bones in the pelvic region also broken and his neck pierced with a sharp instrument prior to his death, following the so called “accident”.

The CID added that muscles in his legs had been cut with a piece of a broken glass. Earlier, Police maintained that Thajudeen was driving to the airport and had lost control of his car and crashed onto the wall of Shalika Grounds at Park Road, Narahenpita, and that his vehicle had exploded within seconds of the crash.

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