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Wasim Thajudeen murder case; Prof. Ananda Samarasekara bailed

Prof. Ananda Samarasekara walking out of the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court after receiving bail. Picture by Mahinda Vithanachchi.

Former Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer, Prof.Ananda Samarasekara was yesterday ordered to be released on bail by Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court after he surrendered over the alleged role in the cover up of evidence when conducting the first post mortem on Thajudeen’s body.

Prof.Ananda Samarasekara was named as the third suspect in the Wasim Thajudeen murder case.

Prof.Ananda Samarasekara was ordered to be released on two sureties of Rs. 500,000 after surrending to Court through lawyers. Colombo Additional Magistrate Jeyram Trotsky further issued an order preventing the suspect from leaving the country without court permission and further ordered him to be cooperate with ongoing investigations. Prof. Samarasekera was ordered to appear before the CID next week to record a statement.

Filing a motion in Court, the CID on October 2, sought a warrant for the arrest of former Colombo Chief Medical Officer Prof.Ananda Samarasekara and to name him as the third suspect in the Thajudeen murder case.

President’s Counsel Shavindra Fernando with counsel Thisya Weragoda and Iresh Seneviratne appearing for the suspect moved court that their client be released on bail since the allegations levelled against their client come under a bailable offence.

Fernando submitted to Court that his client would take necessary steps to withdraw the FR petition filed in the Supreme Court and a revision application filed the High Court once he was enlarged on bail.

Defence counsel further assured in court that his client would cooperate with ongoing police investigation.

The Additional Magistrate observed that he decided to grant bail since he is alleged to have committed a bailable offence coming under section 198 of the Penal Code.

ASP Wickremasekara of CID Homicide Investigations Unit said that Ananda Samarasekara can be charged for concealing evidence under Section 198 of the Penal Code.