Police seek extradition of victim’s wife in UK Killing of Trinco cricketer
By Shamindra Ferdinando
The government is seeking the extradition of a Sri Lankan permanent resident in the UK, wanted in connection with the killing of her 28-year-old husband, Iswaradasan Kedeshwaran aka ‘Kathee’, in the Trincomalee police division on the night of April 18, 2012.
A senior police official told The Island last night that the woman had received the status of permanent resident after producing the death certificate of her husband. The police were investigating several aspects, including whether she exploited her husband’s killing to obtain PR, he said.
The police arrested two suspects, including a 29-year-old pilot, who had stayed with the couple in the UK. The police said that they had shared an apartment and the pilot was believed to have had a love affair with the victim’s wife. The breakthrough came after investigators interviewed a person, who came to pay last respects to the slain youth.
Both SLAF headquarters and police spokesman, SP Ajith Rohana said that the suspect hadn’t been an SLAF officer, though his accomplice was an SLAF deserter, who hadn’t reported to his unit since June 2010.
Asked whether investigators had obtained conclusive evidence to link her with the killing, the official said that the police could prove a direct link between the airline pilot and the UK based woman. In fact, she had sent 1,750 Sterling Pounds to the main suspect to finance the hit, through the illegal ‘hawala’ money transferring scheme. The main suspect had hired the 26-year-old deserter, they said.
According to the police, the woman had been constantly in touch with the main suspect both before and after the killing.
Iswaradasan Kedeshwaran was beheaded while he was returning home after a dinner at his wife’s residence. His wife was in the UK at that time.
Kedeshwaran had recently returned from the UK, where he lived with his wife, and joined the Trincomalee Nomads cricket team. His friends told The Island that he had been loved by spectators and team mates.