Sri Lanka police seek public assistance in finding navy officer suspected in abduction of 11 youths

Sri Lanka Police Thursday sought public assistance to locate former Navy Lieutenant Commander Hettiarachchi Mudiyanselage Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi aka ‘Navy Sampath’, who is a suspect in the case of disappearance of 11 youths in 2008 and 2009.

Colombo Fort Magistrate has issued an open warrant to arrest the suspect Navy Sampath for alleged abduction, disappearance and killing of the 11 youths.

Fort Magistrate Miss Lanka Jayaratne last month issued a red notice to arrest Prasad Chandana Hettiarachchi, who is currently absconding.

Former Naval Media Spokesperson Commodore DKP Dassanayake and five others including three naval officers were arrested last year in connection with the abduction of 11 youths including six international school students and five university students in 2008 and 2009. Subsequent to their arrest, the suspects were remanded. They were granted bail on 9th January this year and released pending the case.

Navy Sampath was also one of the five suspects in the slaying of Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj in November 2006. However, the Colombo High Court last year acquitted all the suspects in MP Raviraj murder case.

The public is requested to report any information regarding the suspect to the CID at 011-2422176, 011-2320141-145 or 011-2393621.

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