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Thajudeen case: JMO indicted for evidence tampering

The Attorney General has indicted former Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer, Dr. Ananda Samarasekara, for allegedly tampering with evidence in the death of rugger player, Wasim Thajudeen, the AG’s office said today.

Dr. Samarasekara has been under investigation after body parts of the dead Rugby star were allegedly found in a laboratory at the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine where he also worked.

The CID earlier informed the magisterial inquiry into the matter that evidence that has come to light suggesting that Dr. Samarasekara, had acted to “destroy and conceal vital evidence in the murder of Wasim Thajudeen.”

Samarasekara is the second senior Law Enforcement official to be charged with evidence tampering in this case.

The other is former Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police Anura Senanayake who is being tried for allegedly covering up evidence in connection with Thajudeen’s death. This trial is to begin in October.

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 Attorney General had filed indictments against the former Senior DIG under Section 198 of the Penal Code for causing the disappearance of evidence or giving false information.

The Attorney General has named 24 witnesses including Wasim Thajudeen’s sister Fathima Thajudeen, former Narahenpita Crimes OIC Sumith Champika Perera and Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer Prof. Ajith Tennakoon as witnesses in the case.

Dr Samarasekara was named as the third accused in the trial.