Scotland Yard sleuths leave
by Dasun Edirisinghe

The team of Scotland Yard Forensic experts, on completion of their investigations into the assassination of the TNA MP Nadarajah Raviraj, had handed over their findings to the Criminal Investigations Department, police sources said yesterday.

The teamleft the country on Saturday (13), a spokesperson of the British High Commission in Colombo said.

She said that the team believed that their assistance would help the Sri Lankan police to identify and bring to justice those responsible for "this dreadful crime".

The team stayed here for ten days and assisted the CID in investigating the assassination. The British police team visited Sri Lanka in response President Mahinda Rajapakse’s request for British help to solve the murder case, the spokesperson said.

She said that the team have shared, with the Sri Lankan authorities, their experience and specialised expertise, including forensic and telephone analysis. While the British police team has no permit to carry out an investigation in Sri Lanka, at the Sri Lankan authorities’ request they will take a number of exhibits to the UK for further forensic tests, the results of which will be passed to the Sri Lankan investigating team.

She said that the British police team had commented and was grateful for the close co-operation they enjoyed in working with the CID and other Sri Lankan authorities.

TNA MP Nadarjah Raviraj was shot in Colombo, by two unidentified men who riding a motorbike on November 10, 2006, when he was leaving his home. The shooting occurred around 8.45am as he was proceeding to the Elvitigala Road from Martha Road in his vehicle numbered KE 1279. He had just left his home after returning from an interview between 7:00 am to 8:00 a.m on the Derana TV Channel. He was rushed to the General Hospital in Colombo where he succumbed to his injuries at 9:20am. His bodyguard, PC Lakshman Lokuwella of the Jaffna Police, was also killed in the attack.



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