According to the Witness claims, ‘Gotabhaya Rajapaksa paid Fifty Million Rupees to Karuna Faction to Murder Raviraj’. The Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was aware of the murder attempt of the former MP Nadaraja Raviraj and arranged a payment of Rs 50 million to the Karuna faction, a police constable of the intelligence unit, claimed giving evidence before the Colombo Additional Magistrate Thilina Gamage yesterday.
The witness, Liyanarachchi Abayaratne, claimed that the murder was carried out with the knowledge of several senior police officers.
The Witness added that, he was in contact with the Karuna faction after he was transferred to the National Intelligence Bureau in 2005. Furthermore, he gave details of meetings with some Navy personnel and Karuna faction members, whom he suspected to be conspiring to murder Raviraj. The next hearing of the inquiry has been set for the 2nd of March.
In November 2015, the CID filed charge sheets against six individuals over the murder of the former Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj under the instructions of the Attorney General.
The six accused include two former LTTE (Karuna Faction) members, three Navy personnel and one individual from the police.
Raviraj died after being shot on his way to work on November 10, 2006. One of his guards also died in the incident. He was 44 at the time of death.