Sisira Jayalath, the main suspect known as “Buthya” (Ghost) wanted for the arson attack on the LankaeNews Office has been apprehended.
The Talangama Police said the suspect was nabbed from Beruwala on information provided by another suspect apprehended earlier. He was produced before the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court today and remanded until the 15th of this month.
The suspects known as Buthaya had earlier been imprisoned for several crimes. He had maintained links with two goons of a main underworld gang leader of Negombo. After the release of Buthaya from prison these two goons had come and met him and introduced to two other persons. It was these two individuals who had handed the arson attack contract to him. These two individuals who had handed over the contract had told the suspect that a computer class was run in a house. They had said that the computers should be set ablaze as revenge. An advance payment had also been handed over while promising a payment of 100 thousand rupees later. Accordingly he had executed the contract. The suspect had confessed to the Police that it was thereafter that he had come to know that it was the LankaeNews Office that he had attacked. He had then fled to Badulla. The main suspect further confessed to the Police that he was impressed upon to give false evidence by some persons who had come to meet him and his family members to hoodwink the Police inquiries. Inquiries in this respect are continuing.
The Police have also identified the Communications tower of the area linked to the calls the suspect had taken before the arson attack. It has also been identified this was the same tower linked to the threatening calls the eNews Editor Bennet Rupasinghe had received. The Police are also conducting the probe on this direction..