The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) questioned former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa for over three hours over the abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr yesterday.
The former Defence Secretary was questioned whether he was aware of the abduction of the senior journalist as he was in charge of the security apparatus at the time of the incident.
The CID also questioned Rajapaksa over claims that he intervened in ensuring the release of Noyahr in the wee hours of May 23,2008.
CID sources said the former Defence Secretary will be summoned for another round of questioning soon. Noyahr who was Deputy Editor of The Nation was abducted
on May 22 , 2008 and mercilessly beaten by an unidentified group and held for over seven hours.
Noyahr wrote critical analyses of Sri Lanka’s security situation in his column “Military Matters” under the the pseudonym “Senpathi then.
The CID arrested six Sri Lanka army personnel attached to the Army Intelligence Directorate, in connection with the assault on Noyahr. A Major of the Intelligence unit is also among the suspects. (Daily News)