Carrying placards and shouting slogans, hundreds of teachers streamed into Colombo on Friday urging education authorities to assign schools to principals who have already been given appointments. Pictured here is a group of protesters seated outside the Prime Minister’s office at Flower Road, Colombo 7, demanding that their grievances be redressed. (Pic by Jude Denzil Pathiraja)

Ex-police and military brass risk arrest over Lasantha murder

Sri Lanka’s Police Inspector-General Pujith Jayasundara has hinted of high-profile arrests as the authorities close in on the assassins of anti-establishment editor Lasantha Wickrematunge.

The latest arrest of a military intelligence officer last week has led the authorities to piece together the individuals involved in ordering the January 8, 2009 assassination as well as the well orchestrated cover up of the murder.

The IGP, speaking at a school at Ibbagamuwa, declared he would demonstrate the new found independence of the police by solving some high profile cases that have dragged on for years without any suspects being brought to justice.

Jayasundara did not name names, but top police sources said the Lasantha Wickrematunge assassination was a top priority for the police and at least one former inspector-general faced arrest for his role.

Two former heads of the police and military intelligence units are also likely to be arrested shortly and both have already been questioned, according to the sources who declined to be named.


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