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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2736

The body of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen to be exhumed on Monday

Colombo, 09 August, (Asiantribune.com):

The body of rugby star Wasim Thajudeen will be exhumed today for forensic tests after allegations that authorities covered up the investigation during Rajapakse's regime.

Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris allowed the exhumation of the body of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen on August 10.

In the meantime, Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapakse Sunday denied his son was involved in the controversial death of a national rugby player as a magistrate ordered a fresh investigation.

The exhumation will be carried out in the presence of a panel of Judicial Medical Officers, including the Chief JMO of Colombo Ajith Tennakoon.

Forensic experts, Dr. H. D. N. Hewage and Dr. Jeeva Perera will be present at the site of the exhumation.

The Criminal Investigations Department, along with the Attorney General's Department, made a representation at the courts on Wednesday seeking approval to exhume the rugby player's body. Filing a report to the court, the CID said that it needed to obtain an analytical report on bone fractures on Thajudeen's body.

Senior State Counsel Dilan Ratnayake who appeared for the CID made submissions before the Magistrate setting out reasons for the application before the Court to exhume the body.

In the meantime, Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapakse Sunday denied his son was involved in the controversial death of a national rugby player as a magistrate ordered a fresh investigation.

"I welcome the investigation because that will help us to clear our name," said former president Rajapakse, who is accused of helping to cover up the murder."

He also added, "But the timing of the investigation suggests that the government is trying to make political capital out of it."

Local media have reported that Thajudeen was killed over a love triangle that involved Rajapakse's second son Yoshitha, although police recorded the death as a road accident.

Yoshitha Rajapakse is accused of ordering the killing of Thajudeen because of a bitter dispute over a woman while both men were national rugby stars and represented Sri Lanka at the Rugby Sevens.

His charred body was found along a main road in Colombo in May 2012, but CCTV footage from the neighbourhood suggested that he was abducted before his death.

Last month, police told a court that they had fresh evidence and wanted to reopen the case.

Police fearing there could be an attempt to remove the remains before a forensic examination could be held Police has provided a 24 hour police security for the Dehiwala Hospital Road cemetery where rugerite Vaseem Thaajudeen's body was buried.

Earlier, Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told reporters last week that three members of Rajapakse's security contingent had been identified as the men who abducted and killed Thajudeen.

- Asian Tribune -

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