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‘SP Cooray released LTTE cadres from custody’

An authoritative source from the Defence Ministry yesterday said that the Superintendent of Police Lakshman Cooray, now in custody arrested on charges of aiding and abetting terrorism and involvement with the LTTE, had released a number of LTTE suspects from custody.

The senior Defence Official said the suspect had paid special attention to Tiger cadres who were in custody and their welfare prior to security forces eliminating top rung of the terrorist organization.

Investigations have revealed the senior police officer had provided information to Tiger cadres who were on suicide missions in Colombo and certain other places targeting the President and top politicians.

The intelligence sources have gathered information that he had provided vital information about the movements of senior politicians.

He had provided information to the LTTE in their abortive suicide attempts on the lives of Ministers Maithripala Sirisena and Mahinda Wijesekera and the killing of Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle.

Cooray joined police as an ASP during President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s tenure and in the wake of police unearthing vital information about his close involvement with the LTTE and its allies now Police are investigating whether he had produced bogus certificates claiming that he is a graduate, the officer said.

Police investigations are continuing into how he came to possess a number of luxury and other vehicles.

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