Wasim Thajudeens body exhumed for fresh probe

The Colombo Additional Magistrate last week gave the police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) the approval to exhume the body after the CID said that there was suspicion over the manner in which he died. Thajudeen was earlier believed to have been killed in a car accident but later there was suspicion that he may have been murdered.The family of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was accused of being involved in the murder but Rajapaksa yesterday denied the allegations. The body of former Sri Lanka rugby player Wasim Thajudeen was exhumed at the Dehiwala Muslim burial grounds this morning.Tight police security was in place as the body was exhumed and the media was kept of the burial grounds for security reasons. A large crowd gathered outside the site as the body was exhumed in the presence of a judge, Thajudeen’s family members and others. Namal Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member and son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, had last week also denied any involvement of his family in the murder.Speaking to the BBC Sinhala service, Namal Rajapaksa said that he and his family were very close to Thajudeen and had often visited his house.Wasim Thajudeen was found dead in his car in 2012. The police at the time said he was killed after the car had crashed into a wall. (Colombo Gazette)

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