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Sri Lanka's navy chief gave Rs 500,000 to help former commander evade arrest

Sri Lanka's navy chief, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne gave Rs 500,000 in cash to help the former navy lieutenant commander, wanted over the abduction and murder of 11 Tamil youths, escape arrest last year, the Colombo magistrate was told Wednesday.

“There is incriminating evidence against Admiral Wijegunaratne’s role in allowing the accused to evade arrest,” the police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) was quoted by local papers as saying to the magistrate.

Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne has instructed the bank of Ceylon to release records of the the navy's account from March to May 2017. 

Lieutenant Commander Prasad Chandana Hettiarachchi, alias 'Navy Sampath', was arrested this week by Sri Lankan authorities after skipping bail earlier this year.

He was remanded in custody until August 29.

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