The Colombo Additional Magistrate today allowed the Criminal Investigation Department’s (CID) to exhume the body of former Sri Lanka rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.

The magistrate made this decision following a request made by the CID that it be allowed to exhume the body to conduct further investigations into the circumstances surrounding his death.

Accordingly, Thajudeen’s body is to be exhumed on August 10.

Wasim Thajudeen was killed in the early hours of May 17, 2012, when his car crashed into a wall and burst into flames at Narahenpita. At the time, police stated that the death was accidental.

However, suspicions of foul play have persisted and the CID notified courts in July this year that there was evidence to suggest that Thajudeen had in fact been murdered and the incident covered up.