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CID director overseeing high profile cases demoted

The director of Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was demoted on Thursday.

As director Shani Abeysekera oversaw cases involving military personnel including the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths by the Sri Lankan navy.

Other high profile cases included the ongoing murder trial of prominent Sri Lankan editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, and more recently the framing of a Muslim doctor falsely accused of sterilising Sinhala women.

Abeysekera was transferred to serve as the personal assistant to the Southern Province Deputy Inspector General (DIG).