Investigations into Keith Noir’s abduction barred by AG

Investigations into Keith Noir’s abduction barred by AG

23 August 2019 08:00 am

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) recently uncovered information about an army soldier named Sumith, who was allegedly involved into the abduction and torture of Keith Noir, editor of The Nation newspaper, during the Rajapaksa rule.

The Attorney General's Department has also been informed as they had found evidence reinforcing that the soldier was involved in the crime, sources said.

Senior Sate Counsel, Lakmini Girihagama, is in charge of the case at the AG's office. She accordingly has instructed the CID to arrest the suspect with the proper procedure.

Investigation barred by AG, links to Gota hinted

According to sources, upon learning of the events, the Attorney General, Dappula Livera, has immediately summoned Girihagama and blamed for the actions she had taken, saying, "Are you trying to lose my connections with Gotabaya?"

Bewildered upon response, Senior State Counsel Girihagama was left speechless, while the AG has realized he talked too far, sources claimed. 

"Do everything under my consent and approval," emphasized firmly by the AG and the Senior State Attorney was sent back, according to sources. 

CID's response

The senior state counsel who could not tolerate the pressure of the AG has phoned the CID following his instructions, sources further claimed. Inspector Nishantha Silva, whom she had initially instructed to make the arrest, was re-informed not to make any arrests. 

However, Silva in response has said that they have already sent a team to arrest the suspect under her instructions, and any circumstantial reason to hold the arrest shall be informed in writing instead verbally.

Senior State Counsel Girihagama did not response in return, according to sources.  

Nevertheless, it is apparent that the ongoing legal proceedings against Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa in general are being barred by forces unspoken to the public attention. The AG's blame before Senior State Counsel Girihagama proves it. 

Over the last period, law was being enforced against Gotabaya Rajapaksa rather unorthodox compared to any other proceeding against a random criminal. Even Supreme Court judges had withdrawn from his cases. 

Therefore, given the strength of the AG's association with Gotabaya Rajapaksa, he is likely to be acquitted of all charges against him.