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Former Sri Lankan police officer arrested over Lasantha murder

A former Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) has been arrested by Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over the 2009 assassination of the Sunday Leader editor, Lasantha Wickramatunga.

The retired senior DIG, named as Prasanna Nanayakkara by southern media, has been detained for allegedly concealing evidence from investigations into the murder, which took place in broad daylight in Colombo. Mr Nanayakkara headed the Mount Lavinia Police Division at the time of the killing.

The arrest marks the second high profile development this month, after another arrested police officer revealed plans to conceal evidence relating to the assassination at the time and blame the LTTE for the killing.

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