On January 13, President Mahinda Rajapaksa told
Sri Lankan media his government had no evidence to continue an investigation
into the murder of Sri Lankan editor Lasantha Wickramatunga.
Rajapaksa made this comment in response to a question raised by Lasantha's
brother Lal in the presence of about 60 media personnel, including editors,
publishers and government ministers, at a customary monthly presidential
Rajapaksa's nonchalance over an investigation he himself publicly promised to initiate in the wake of the murder and amid allegations his government was involved, came just five days after Wickramatunga's family and colleagues commemorated the prominent journalist's second anniversary of his death.