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FBI to assist CID in Noyar probe

Assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in the US is to be sought by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in the probe over the abduction and assault of former Deputy Editor Keith Noyahr.

Sources at the Sri Lanka Police told have said the technology required to reproduce and analyse the tape recordings of phone calls was not available in the country at present and the CID had decided to seek the assistance of specialists at the FBI.

Noyahr was abducted and assaulted on 22 May 2008, and eventually released after an alleged series of high-level telephone calls on the night of his abduction. The senior jounralist fled the country with his family for fear over their safety.

Ten individuals have been named as suspects over the case which is being heard at the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court.

Meanwhile, Attorney General (AG) Dappula de Livera has in writing to Acting IGP Chandana Wickramaratna on 11 September, questioned the CID’s delay in concluding the investigations into Noyahr’s abduction and assault along with several other high profile cases.

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