By A.J. Abeynayake
Mount Lavinia Magistrate Lochana Abeywickrema, yesterday, directed the CID to record a statement from former Army Chief Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka in respect of the inquiry into the abduction of Deputy Editor of The Nation Keith Noyahr on May 22, 2008.
Magistrate Abeywickrema said so in response to representations made by lawyers representing the accused in the high profile case.
Lawyers pointed out that Fonseka, too, should be questioned as the original accusations had been levelled against the war time Army Commander.
The CID informed the Magistrate that Fonseka’s statement had been already recorded and investigations conducted. However, lawyers representing the accused said the former Army Commander should be investigated properly.
Magistrate Abeywickrema directed the CID to record Fonseka’s statement, if necessary, and brief the court on the progress at the next hearing.
Magistrate Abeywickrema ordered former Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Amal Karunasekera, a suspect in the Keith Noyahr case, to be further remanded till May 16 pending investigations.