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JMO indicted in Thajudeen alleged murder

The former Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer Professor Ananda Samarasekara was today 27 Aug indicted by the Attorney General before the Colombo High Court in the Waseem Thajudeen alleged murder case.

Prof Samarasekara is charged with willfully misplacing body parts of the victim with a view towards protecting the perpetrator of the crime.

Thajudeen died in what was apparently a road accident in Colombo in May 2012.

Initially, it was believed that Thajudeen had lost control of his car and crashed into a wall near the Shalika hall and the vehicle had exploded.

However, later foul play was suspected and a criminal investigation launched.

The former JMO is charged under section 198 of the Penal Code, according to the indictment.

The charges state that Prof Samarasekara had assigned two junior Judicial Medical Officers to conduct the autopsy and had the body brought back to the JMO’s offices after the funeral rites were performed.

The AG has said that certain skeletal remains had been removed on the instructions of the accused and later these parts went missing.

After indictments were filed Prof Samarasekara was enlarged on bail by the High Court Judge Manjula Tillekeratne.

Defence Attorneys indicated to the court that they would be filing preliminary objections shortly.