Sri Lanka Supreme Court issues stay order against arrest of former IGP over Lasantha Wickrematunge’s murder

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has issued an enjoining order preventing the arrest of former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jayantha Wickramaratne as a suspect in the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge.

The Supreme Court bench comprising justices Eva Wanasundera, Jayantha Jayawardena and LTB Dehideniya issued the enjoining order in respect of a fundamental rights petition filed by the retired IGP Jayantha Wickramaratne.

The retired IGP in his petition stated that the Police is preparing to arrest him without a just investigation over the killing of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge.

However, the State Counsel told the court that further investigations are being carried out regarding the incident and there are no plans to arrest the retired IGP at this time.

The Supreme Court, considering the submissions, ordered the court to call for the petition on October 8, and ordered the respondents to submit objections.

Thereafter, the Supreme Court issued an injunction preventing the arrest of the petitioner until the conclusion of the petition.

Based on information provided by a suspect arrested in connection with the journalist’s murder, the CID is said to be taking measures to get advice form the Attorney General on arresting the former IGP on charges of concealing evidence with regard to Lasantha’s killing and trying to pin it on the LTTE.

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