Scotland Yard for further tests in Sri Lanka assassination probe

Jan 13, 2007 (AFP) – British detectives have removed “exhibits” for forensic tests to try to identify the assassins of a Sri Lankan Tamil legislator, the British High Commission (embassy) here said Saturday.

A team from Scotland Yard spent 10 days in Sri Lanka advising local police probing the killing two months ago of legislator Nadarajah Raviraj, the embassy said in a statement.

Sri Lanka asked British investigators to help with the probe amid allegations that forces linked to the Colombo government may have been responsible for the shooting death of the legislator seen as sympathetic to Tamil rebels.

The High Commission statement said the Yard detectives had no mandate to carry out an investigation in Sri Lanka but that they had offered to conduct further forensic tests at the request of local authorities.

“The team have shared with the Sri Lankan authorities their experience and specialised expertise, including forensic and telephone analysis,” the statement said.

The British police team “will take a number of exhibits to Britain for further forensic tests, the results of which will be passed to the Sri Lankan investigating team,” the statement said.

Raviraj was slain November 10