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Fernandopulle assassination                                                                            

CID rules out foul play in death of primary suspect

By Ayesha Wijeratne
The Criminal Investigation Department has ruled out foul play in the death of Nadarajah Raji, a primary suspect in the suicide blast which killed government strongman, Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle.

The Tamil female suspect arrested on suspicion over the assassination of Fernandopulle suddenly took ill three days after her arrest and died on admission at the Colombo National Hospital last week.

CID sources told The Nation that they suspected that the woman had hidden a cyanide capsule in a private area on her body.
The sources affirmed that no outside visitors were allowed to meet the suspect during the three days of questioning at the sixth floor of the CID and that she had also been searched thoroughly following the arrest.

According to CID sources, when a suspect is arrested, he or she is stripped and all items worn by the person are taken away. However, there are instances when suspects hide items in private areas and the Police have no way of finding them at the time of the arrest.
The postmortem conducted on Tuesday revealed that the suspect had died due to cyanide poisoning.

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