Colombo: Sri Lanka’s chief prosecutor on Friday announced charges against a top prison officer and an elite commando for the killing of 27 inmates in a notorious rights case. Attorney General Dappula de Livera said he wanted a special fast track trial for Prisons Commissioner Emil Lamahewage and police commando Moses Rangajeewa over the execution-style killings in November 2012. A third suspect who was a member of a prison intelligence unit was on the run, Dappula de Livera said. Commandos were used to put down a riot at the Welika jail in Colombo and disarm inmates who had taken weapons from the armoury. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonAccording to Dappula de Livera’s account, eight prisoners were called out by name and killed execution-style. Weapons were later introduced to make it look like the victims had tried to fire at jail guards, according to court documents made available to AFP. The documents did not mention any command responsibility for the deaths. Media reports have said the killings were ordered by the then defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse.
The accused had committed the crime between 2002 and 2004 at the Inland Revenue Department.They had been charged with the fraud of Rs. 3.99 Million following a case filed by the Finance Ministry in 2006. (Colombo Gazette) The police have sought the assistance of the international police INTERPOL, to track down and arrest 8 suspects wanted in connection with a multi million Rupee VAT fraud.The police media unit said that an open warrant has been issued to arrest the suspects who are overseas and INTERPOL assistance has also been sought. A statement by the police media unit today said that another 6 suspects who were produced in court yesterday over the case had pleaded guilty. Three of them were sentenced to jail by the Colombo High Court while the other three will be sentenced at the end of this month, the police said.