Indictments will be filed against three members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) now under detention for the brutal assassination of former Foreign Affairs Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, Attorney General C. R. de Silva said.
`Indictments will take a little more time as we have to record another one or two statements`, he said. `We are now on the job`.
`The investigative aspects have already been completed`, he noted. `There is sufficient evidence against the suspects`.
Today is the second death anniversary of Kadirgamar, a globally-renowned erudite scholar, who headed the LTTE hit-list primarily for his efforts to get the Tigers banned as a terrorist organization in many countries including the United States and United Kingdom.
`There were certain other factors in this case which we examined as we knew some LTTE leaders were behind this killing`, the Attorney General explained.
`We wanted to see whether they could also be included in the indictment for their involvement in this assassination`, de Silva said. `They are the LTTE top notch`
Asked when the indictments against the three suspects will be filed, he replied, `It will be done in due course after we finish recording some more statements`.
`Some of the suspects wanted in connection with this killing have fled to LTTE-controlled areas`, said DIG D. W. Prathapasinghe, who heads the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which handled the long-drawn probe.
`There is no way of arresting these suspects as we have no access to uncleared areas`, he said. `That`s the difficulty in getting at the others`.
`We were able to arrest three suspects`, he noted. `They are LTTE members`.
Asked whether the suspects were being held under detention orders, he replied, `No, they are now in remand custody`.
`The exhaustive CID investigation made substantial progress, DIG Prathapasinghe said. `We were able to arrest these three key suspects`.
Though 12 suspects, all Tamils, were initially rounded up following the assassination of Kadirgamar on August 12, 2005, indictments are to be filed only against three of them. The others were released presumably due to lack of evidence.
Kadirgamar (73), an Oxford-educated lawyer, was killed by snipers positioned in a building next to his house in Colombo 7. He was enjoying a swim at the time he was shot dead.