Former OIC PNB testifying at PCoI says:: Witnesses who testified against him in Court motivated by money
Former Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB), Inspector of Police Neomal Rangajeewa who is the first accused in the 2012 Welikada Prison massacre case, yesterday (10) alleged that three witnesses who testified against him in Court had been motivated by money and other personal benefits. Rangajeewa made this claim while testifying before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing incidents of political revenge from 2015-2019.
“Sudesh Nandimal, Senerath Bandula and Indika Perera are the witnesses who testified against me in the case. They had many charges against them. For an example, Nandimal had charges under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, Bandula had 24 charges against him for monetary fraud and had been sentenced to 38 years in prison while Perera’s close relatives such as his elder sister, her daughter and her husband, were involved in heroin smuggling and he had charges against him such as those concerning murders and assaults.
They were threatened by my anti-narcotic operations. When the Welikada incident happened, there were about 3,000 inmates in the Prison but only these three came to testify against me. Nandimal had connections with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and he testified against me for political reasons. Bandula wanted to end his 38 years sentence of imprisonment early. After he testified against me in Court, he had received about Rs 3 million. He even had help from a non-governmental organisation,” Rangajeewa alleged.
Furthermore, he claimed that the former United National Front-led Government had wanted to arrest certain officers like him to get good marks from United Nations representatives and to target President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. (MD)