Former JMO in Wasim Thajudeen’s case can be arrested: AG

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The Attorney General (AG) has informed court that the former Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) who carried out the post-mortem in the Wasim Thajudeen murder case can be arrested.

According to the AG, former JMO Dr. Ananda Samarasekera can be arrested for misplacing bones extracted from the victim’s body during the post-mortem. 

The former rugby player died on 17 May 2012 in what was then believed to be a car accident near Kirulapone. His charred body was found in his car which had caught fire after crashing into a wall.

As per reports at the time, Thajudeen was returning home when the incident occurred. According to reports issued by the police at the time, the car had exploded instantly and burnt the victim. However, after investigations reopened in 2015, a second post-mortem said that he was killed and had not died in a car accident as was initially claimed. Further investigations revealed that bones crucial to the investigation had been extracted by the JMO, who carried out the first post-mortem and had been misplaced. Former JMO Dr. Samarasekera, however, denied any involvement in the disappearance of the bones.