Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

Former navy commander further remanded over disappearance of 11 Tamil youths

A former Sri Lankan navy commander, who was wanted over the abduction and murder of 11 Tamil youths as well as the assassination of Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj, has been further remanded until December 19 by Colombo Fort Magistrate. 

Former Navy Lieutenant Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi aka 'Navy Sampath' had skipped bail and was wanted by Sri Lankan authorities before he was finally arrested earlier this year. He is the main suspect in the abduction and disappearance of 11 Tamil youths from Colombo from 2008-2009.

Sri Lanka's navy chief, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne reportedly gave Rs 500,000 in cash to help him evade arrest. He was arrested and released on bail yesterday. 

We need your support

Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.

Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view

We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.

For more ways to donate visit https://donate.tamilguardian.com.