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Senior Cop arrested over Sri Lankan newspaper editor's killing

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

today arrested a senior who became the second to be held for the killing of a leading newspaper's and a vocal critic of former Rajapaksa, officials said.

Lasantha Wickrematunga, the founder and of the Sunday Leader, was waylaid by some unidentified bike-borne assailants who gunned him down in the Colombo suburb of Ratmalana in January 2009.

The retired DIG was arrested for alleged tampering of evidence. He became the second to be arrested in the case.

On February 3, the former in Charge (OIC) of the was also arrested and remanded.

Nanayakkara was serving the Western Province (South) Police division when Wickrematunga was murdered in broad day light in 2009.

The murder was blamed on the then administration of the former

Wickrematunga was a of the government. His murder was in the forefront of cases of rights abuses blamed on the

The current government has faced public resentment over the sluggish progress in taking the culprits under the former regime to book.

At this weeks local council election, new political party, People's Party (SLPP) recorded a resounding victory. The government's defeat in the election has been attributed among other things to slow judicial process to investigate crimes under the former regime.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 14:10 IST