The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is to personally take the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage pertaining to the murder of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen to Canada first and then to the United States of America (USA) instead of through the INTERPOL, it is learnt.
It is also learned that the CID has planned the route they will be taking and since going through the International Criminal Police Organization would require giving them the evidence and them having to make statements regarding the matter, the CID was keen on taking the evidence by themselves on their own.
The Forensic Video and Surveillance Technology Laboratory of British Columbia’s Institute of Technology in Canada and the Laboratory of the USA’s Federal Bureau of Investigation are where the footage will be taken.
Elsewhere, Attorney-at-Law for the Thajudeen family (the aggrieved party), A. Sathar M. Misbah said that the CID was being very careful at this stage of the investigation, being tight lipped even with the Court with regards to what is revealed in Court and in particular concerning incriminating evidence/information.
The moment something is said in Court it becomes a public document and then parties will obtain copies of the records and those who are guilty will get ready with their answers and will be seeking legal advice, he added.
“Once the reports come through from the institutions about the CCTV footage, the CID will compile a report. They will then embark on the act of arresting those responsible or recording crucial statements in this regard. One or two senior officers too are supervising the matter,” he observed.
Meanwhile on March 23, Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris whilst granting the CID two months to conduct further investigations and submit a proper progress report, ordered the CID to expedite the probe.
When the case was last taken up Senior State Counsel Dilan Rathnayake informed Court that although video footage records obtained from roadside CCTV cameras were analyzed and examined in connection with the incident, it had not resulted in adding anything considerable in terms of possible leads.
The Sri Lanka Medical Council also informed Court that the inquiry initiated against former Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer, Prof. Ananda Samarasekera and his team of forensic experts who had conducted the initial post-mortem examination of Thajudeen’s body, had not been completed yet.
Previously, Leader of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party, former Minister Douglas Devananda writing to the Court informed that at the time of Thajudeen’s death, Devananda’s office down Park Road, Colombo 5, did not have CCTV cameras.
The CID also said that they needed more time for the investigations regarding the telephone records. The case will next be heard on May 12.