unearth aborted bid to kill Kadir and shocking details
A month before he was assassinated, Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar
narrowly escaped death.
the same spot where gunmen shot him dead, killers took aim and nearly
pulled the trigger. Just then, a Ministerial Security Division (MSD)
officer looked at the sealed window of the Thalayasingham residence,
just across the road from the late Mr. Kadirgamar's private residence
at Bullers Lane.
Fearing that they had been detected, the would-be assassins fled,
leaving behind the weapon and the tripod. It was days later that
they realized that the MSD man had looked at the spot quite innocently
and nothing had been noticed. Thereafter, for a month the killers
continued to plot to assassinate Mr. Kadirgamar.
startling disclosures have come to light as the top level investigation
into the Kadirgamar assassination continued.
those engaged in the probe are detectives from the Criminal Investigation
Department, the Colombo Crimes Division, the Directorate of Internal
Intelligence and the Directorate of Foreign Intelligence.
significant development so far is a report formulated by the investigators
to confirm categorically that the LTTE was behind Mr. Kadirgamar's
assassination. A copy of this report has been forwarded to the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs.
The ministry has in turn circulated it to Sri Lanka’s missions
abroad so that they may apprise foreign governments and organisations
of the LTTE's complicity and the futility of its repeated denials.
contents of the report have reportedly shocked some European governments
that want to impose a ban on the LTTE — a move which Norway,
the peace facilitator is resisting.
week The Sunday Times revealed exclusively how one of LTTE intelligence
wing leader Pottu Amman's confidante, whose nom de guerre was Charles
was tasked to handle the assassination plot. Charles in turn placed
the assignment in the hands of Vinothan.
Sunday Times is able to reveal further details today. Vinothan made
contact with Mutthiah Sahadevan alias Devan, a gardener. He had
worked at the Thalayasingham residence and is known to have once
mown the lawn of late Mr. Kadirgamar's private residence. In addition,
Sahadevan had also been working for a lady diplomat who had been
living in the neighbourhood.
surveillance, the LTTE had identified the upstairs of the house
where Lakshman Thalayasingham lived as the point from which Mr Kadirgamar
could be assassinated. Sahadevan had succeeded in obtaining a duplicate
key and allowed the assassins to enter the upstairs through the
garage without the knowledge of Mr. Thalayasingham or his wife.
This duplicate key has now been recovered.
had provided a mobile telephone to Sahadevan and asked that he use
it only to be in touch with the killers who were using the upstairs.
He had been paid handsomely, so much so, Sahadevan even purchased
a plot of land at Narahenpita. He had used the mobile phone. After
the assassination of Mr. Kadirgamar, a caller had told him in Sinhala
"vedey hari." Later, that mobile phone had been withdrawn
and a new one given to Sahadevan.
have found that the new phone issued to Sahadevan was being used
even by his son. Vinothan had warned him not to use the mobile phone.
He had been asked to remove the SIM card and throw it away. But
it was found that Sahadevan was not heeding their warnings and was
continuing to use the mobile phone.
had then been threatened that he would be killed if the SIM card
was not thrown away. He had thereafter removed the SIM card and
thrown it into the Kirillapone canal at a lonely spot. Investigators
used Navy divers to trace the SIM card but they were not successful.
has come to light that Vinothan had taken Sahadevan to Kilinochchi
for meetings with Charles. Although he has given investigators a
detailed brief of the marksman who fired at Mr. Kadirgamar, he was
unaware of his name.
It has come to light that LTTE intelligence wing member Charles
had been placed in charge of killer operations in the city. Vinothan
had also introduced the driver of a three wheeler taxi to Sahadevan.
driver had been a frequent visitor to the Thalayasingham household
in the company of Sahadevan. Investigators have also uncovered evidence
that a Sri Lankan businessman domiciled in Australia has been a
regular visitor to the official residence of Mr. Kadirgamar.
man who claims to have close association with the LTTE is alleged
to have told Mr. Kadirgamar that the LTTE had no plans to kill him
whilst he served as Foreign Minister though they may do so later
when he was out of office.
believe this prompted Mr. Kadirgamar to drop his guard and regularly
visit his private residence to use the swimming pool there.
Meanwhile, gardener Sahadevan has told police that the two assassins
had been hiding between the ceiling and the roof of the upper floor
of the Thalayasingham residence.
have revealed that in June this year, Sahadevan had broken open
the padlock of the side gate and replaced it with a similar padlock,
a move that had gone unnoticed by the owner of the house. The gate
was padlocked by Mr. Thalayasingham after a friend who was going
on a vacation left his car parked inside. The friend had one of
the keys while Mr. Thalayasingham had the other.
the friend returned to take the car a few weeks later, he could
not open the padlock with his key but when Mr. Thalayasingham used
the key he had in his house, the padlock had opened.
has now been found that the gardener had kept the extra key to the
new padlock in place of the old key at Mr. Thalayasingham’s
residence. Colombo Crime Division Chief Sarath Lugoda said the gardener
and the driver of the three-wheeler in which the murder weapon was
transported to the Thalayasingham residence had been detained for