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Travel ban temporarily lifted on key witness in abduction and murder of 11 youth case

The travel ban imposed on Lieutenant Commander G.Laksiri, a key witness in the case of the abduction and murder of 11 youth between 2008 and 2009, was temporarily lifted on July 17. The order was issued by Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanyake. 

Meanwhile, the case filed against Sri Lanka’s Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, was also postponed until October 9.

Last year, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne was remanded in custody following a summons by the CID over his involvement in helping the main suspect, Lieutenant Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi alias 'Navy Sampath', evade arrest.

The eleven youths have been named as Kasthuriarachchi John, Thyagarajah Jegan, Rajiv Naganathan, Soosaipillai Amalan, Soosaipillai Roshan, Kasthuriarachchi Anton, Prageeth Vishvanathan, Thilakeshwaran Ramalingam, Mohamed Dilan, Mohamed Saajid and Ali Anwar. 

The youth are believed to have been held in navy bases at Trincomalee and Colombo before being murdered.