Main suspect of Ranjan de Silva assassination arrested in UAE

Main suspect of Ranjan de Silva assassination arrested in UAE

December 1, 2020   07:23 am


The main suspect in the assassination of Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Municipal Council Member Ranjan de Silva has been arrested in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana, speaking to ‘Derana Aruna’ breakfast show today, said the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) had made the arrest on Sunday (29).

Late Ranjan de Silva was the father of popular Cricketer Dhananjaya de Silva.

He was murdered in a shooting incident which took place in Ratmalana on the 24th of May 2018.

It was later revealed that the municipal councillor was murdered over a dispute with his son Ramal.

DIG Rohana said three suspects who are in connection with the murder were already in custody, however, the main suspect had fled the country.

Investigations later carried out had discovered that the escapee has had direct links to the murder.

The authorities accordingly obtained a warrant from the court and made a request to the Interpol to issue a global alert, also referred to as Red Notice, to hunt down the main suspect, Dharmasiri Perera.

Acting on the Red Notice, the Abu Dhabi police officials had taken him into custody on Sunday (29).

They have informed the Sri Lankan police authorities to take necessary action against the arrestee according to extradition law, the police spokesperson said further.

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