Witnesses provide evidence in PNB case behind closed doors

A total of four independent witnesses have provided evidence over the drug operations of a group of officers from the Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB).

The witnesses had provided evidence behind closed doors to the Colombo Chief Magistrate for nearly over an hour today.

Seventeen officers attached to the PNB were arrested and remanded, with some being interdicted or detained for interrogation, over their links to drug dealers.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) launched an investigation into the activities of PNB officers after it was revealed that some officers had redistributed stocks of drugs seized by the PNB to drug dealers.

The investigation also prompted the National Police Commission to transfer Director of the PNB Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manjula Senarath and appoint SSP Sujith Wedamulla as the new Director.

Meanwhile, a Police officer from the PNB arrested earlier over drug links, has been further remanded till 21 July.

The Police said the officer was remanded after being produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate today.

A vehicle used in the alleged drug trafficking has also been seized by the Police from Mount Lavinia. (Colombo Gazette)