Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court Thursday prevented the imminent arrest of retired admiral Wasantha Karannagoda in connection with murder, but he was ordered to make a statement to the CID which he has been avoiding.
A three-judge bench allowed the former navy chief’s application to block the police Criminal Investigations Department from arresting him in connection with the abduction and murder of 11 young men between 2008 and 2009.
Karannagoda has also been asked to give an undertaking to court that he will not interfere with witnesses in the case.
The former navy chief was not in court and has been in hiding as the CID wanted to question him after the Colombo Fort Magistrate was told last week that he was the latest suspect in the gruesome 2008-2009 killings.
The young men were abducted by navy personnel directly under Karannagoda and he is also accused of not taking action to prevent the kidnap for extorting racket using navy locations in Trincomalee and Welisara.