Sri Lanka’s highest-ranking military officer was remanded by a court on Wednesday after weeks of evading arrest for allegedly protecting the chief suspect in the murder of 11 people during the civil war. The Colombo Fort magistrate ordered that Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, the country’s military chief, be held in custody for a week pending investigations into the abduction and murder of the young men between 2008 and 2009. The magistrate denied Wijegunaratne bail after it emerged he tried to abduct a key witness over the weekend and sought to have an investigator removed from the case. “I am denying bail because in your position you are able to influence witnesses and disrupt the investigations,” magistrate Ranga Dassanayake told a packed courtroom. Wijegunaratne, who appeared in full military regalia, has denied any connection to the murders. His bodyguards earlier shoved journalists trying to photograph the chief of defence staff as he entered the courtroom. Earlier in the day,...

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