The modern view of criminal justice, broadly, is that public concern with morality or expediency decrees expiation for the violation of a norm; this concern finds expression in the infliction of punishment on the evil doer by agents of the state, the evil doer, however, enjoying the protection of a regular procedure – Max Weber
Nearly three years after his death, the curious case of former Sri Lankan rugby player Wasim Thajudeen has now returned, making headlines in the media on a daily basis and sending ripples across the country’s political fold.
Thajudeen’s death – which was brushed under the carpet by Sri Lanka’s law enforcement authorities three years ago – has now become a matter of contention. The Criminal Investigations Department, which conducted investigations into the death over a period of five months, have already informed the court that it was a murder and the Rugby player was brutally tortured before his death!
Initially, the Police said Thajudeen’s death was caused by an accident that took place while he was driving to the airport. They said Thajudeen had lost control of his car and crashed into the wall of Shalika Grounds on Park Road, Narahenpita, and that his car had exploded within seconds of the crash.
Thajudeen’s body was charred when it was recovered and there was a piece of metal in his knee area as a result of a surgery he underwent, some time back.
Interestingly, Thajudeen’s wallet was later recovered 1.5 km away from the place where the alleged ‘accident’ took place. The Police did not pay any attention to this vital piece of evidence and quickly concluded that it was an accident, without a comprehensive investigation.
Thajudeen’s case was buried in the Dehiwala cemetery in spite of the mysteries surrounding the death.
Many thought that was the end of it and the ‘truth’ would never be uncovered. But, the atmosphere changed after a new government came to power in January, this year and political pressure, which stifled investigations for nearly two and a half years, subsided.
In February, the Police Media Spokesman announced that the CID would launch fresh investigations into Thajudeen’s death to unravel the mystery.
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