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Another Sri Lankan navy chief accused of suppressing evidence over abduction of Tamils

Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) announced that yet another Sri Lankan navy chief was involved in the abduction and murder of Tamil youths in 2008, and is actively supressing evidence and ‘keeping tabs’ on key witnesses involved in the case.

Former navy chief Wasantha Karannagoda is accused of knowing that the 11 Tamil youths had been abducted by the Sri Lankan navy between 2008 and 2009, and were being transferred between Colombo and Trincomalee navy camps before being murdered.

Not only did the navy chief have knowledge of their murders, but he has since continued to suppress evidence around the case, according to the CID. EconomyNext also reports that he has “been keeping a close tab on navy officers who are key witnesses and have given statements to investigators”.

Karannagoda is now the second former Sri Lankan navy chief accused of involvement over the murders, alongside Sri Lanka’s current chief of defence staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne.