Former State Minister Eran Wickramaratne says he is unsure as to why the killers of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge were not brought to book even though Ministers in the Yahapalanaya Government felt strongly on the matter.
Responding to a question posed during a live discussion on Daily Mirror, Lankadeepa and Tamil Mirror on Thursday night, Wickramaratne said that he and several others in the Yahapalanaya Government wanted justice for Lasantha Wickrematunge.
He claimed that no Minister in the Yahapalanaya Government attempted to suppress the investigations into the murder.
However, he said he is unsure as to why the murder was not pursued in the judiciary.
He said there were questions raised if there was backpedaling owing to pressure from powerful political figures who are in powerful positions in the present government.
“Theses are questions to what we don’t know the answers to,” he said.
Wickramaratne said that even if politicians attempt to protect politicians the system must go beyond politicians.
The founding Editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper was killed while he was on his way to office on January 8, 2009.
The Yahapalanaya Government had launched fresh investigations into the murder but no one was found guilty over the murder so far. (Easwaran Rutnam)