Wasim Thajudeen case: Indictments served on former Chief JMO | Sunday Observer

Wasim Thajudeen case: Indictments served on former Chief JMO

Former Chief JMO Prof. Ananda Samarasekara-Wasim Thajudeen
Former Chief JMO Prof. Ananda Samarasekara-Wasim Thajudeen

Former Chief Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) Prof. Ananda Samarasekara was served indictments on Tuesday (27) for concealing evidence relating to the murder of national ruggerite, Wasim Thajudeen.

In the first instance where charges were filed against the former Chief JMO, the Attorney General filed charges under section 198 of the Penal Code. The indictments were served at the Colombo High Court.

High Court Judge Manjula Thilakaratne also granted bail to Prof. Samarasekara after serving the indictments. He was released on two surety bails of Rs. 1 million and a cash bail of Rs. 25, 000.

In the indictments, the Attorney General charged that Prof. Samarasekara had assigned two junior medical officers to conduct Thajudeen’s post mortem although the procedure required that he conduct the first post - mortem himself.

When conducting the first post - mortem the accused has given instructions for the removal of several body parts from Thajudeen’s body under the guise of conducting further investigations. However, the former JMO had not conducted any such investigations into the body parts.

He had then kept the body parts in his custody and they had later gone missing.

In addition, the former JMO had taken a two year period to issue the first post- mortem report that said Thajudeen died in an accident. However, a second post mortem conducted by a separate panel revealed that the death was a homicide.

During a previous interview with the Sunday Observer the former ruggerite’s family’s lawyer A. S. M. Misbah expressed concern over the failure to issue charges against the former JMO despite the presence of vital evidence showing that he has tampered with the post mortem.

“I strongly believe that this case will be solved as soon as action is taken against him. He is one of the main links that will lead to the truth,” the Attorney-at-Law said. Twenty-eight-year-old Thajudeen’s body was recovered lying on the passenger seat of his charred car near Shalika Grounds in Narahenpita on May 17, 2012.

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