Colombo, Oct 15 (NIA) – Sri Lankan Police, on Saturday said they had appointed a special team to investigate the ‘alleged suicide’ of a retired army officer who was found hanging in his home with a suicide note claiming responsibility for the murder of a prominent newspaper Editor.
The body of the retired officer was found in his home in Kegalle, approximately 78 km from capital Colombo, on Thursday, with a suicide note stating that he was responsible for the assassination of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge and asked for the release of the army intelligence officer who is currently under arrest over the murder.
The body of the deceased has been placed at the Kegalle General Hospital for the postmortem examination.
Police said they were investigating if there was any truth to his letter while many on social media raised questions if the alleged suicide was a cover up to protect Wickremetunga’s actual killers.
“We have begun investigations to see if there is any truth to this,” a police official, who wish to remain unnamed said.
Wickremetunga, who was the editor of the local Sunday Leader newspaper, was shot dead while driving to work in January 2009 by a group of unidentified men in a high security zone, in broad daylight.
Lasth month, authorities exhumed Wickrematunga’s remains to conduct a fresh autopsy after fears that forensic evidence may have been tampered with or deliberately falsified to mislead the investigation.