Madush’s accomplice in Rs. 7 billion diamond heist held

Makandure Madush

An accomplice of drug lord Makandure Madush named Wedikande Kasun was taken into police custody in a raid conducted by the Mirihana Police Special Crime Investigation Unit yesterday.

The suspect is believed to be the main suspect in the robbery of a diamond valued at Rs. 7 billion and other gems which took place in a house in Pannipitiya several months ago.

The suspect had reportedly forcibly entered the house with some of his associates under the guise of a policeman and threatened the occupants at gunpoint.

He was netted in Wattala on information received from another suspect who was arrested on an earlier occasion by the Mirihana Police Special Crime Investigation Unit. The suspect was identified as Kiriyadurage Kasun Dananjaya alias ‘Wedikande Kasun’ who was a resident of Wedikanda Road, Hunupitiya, Wattala.

He is to be produced before the Magistrate’s Court in Gangodawila, Nugegoda today (20) for an identification parade.

(Source: Daily News – By Duminda Senarath)