Detectives probing the death of former Sri Lanka rugby player Wasim Thajudeen are still awaiting the report of forensic specialists investigating his exhumed remains, Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara stated.
Thajudeen’s remains were exhumed on August 10, following an order given by the Colombo Additional Magistrate. The order was given, following a request made by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) as they suspected foul play in relation to Thajudeen’s death. Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) Dr. Ajith Tennakoon told the media at the time that three specialists would conduct a forensic investigation on the exhumed remains.
“We are yet to receive the report from the specialists. The next step will be determined based on the determinations given in the report,” ASP Gunasekara said. Thajudeen’s charred body was found inside his car in May 2012 at Narahenpita. At the time, police claimed that he had been killed in an accident after his car crashed into a wall and burst into flames. However, suspicions regarding the incident continued and in July, this year, CID informed courts that there were grounds to suspect foul play in relation to his death.
Former Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne told the media on August 6 that three officers attached to the Presidential Security Division (PSD) had allegedly been involved in the murder of Thajudeen.
As part of its investigation, CID detectives also questioned officials from the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society over a defender vehicle it had provided to the Siriliya Saviya Foundation. This was done following information that the said vehicle may have been used to abduct Thajudeen prior to his alleged murder. The case is due to be taken up again in court on September 10.