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Police arrest couple who helped Booru Moona



By Norman Palihawadane

The Police have arrested a husband and wife who are said to have provided shelter to a notorious criminal, known as Booru Moona, involved in nine murders, and helped the wanted man to escape from police custody, with the help of two monks.

The couple has been arrested in Nuwara Eliya.

Police said that CCTV footage helped identify the husband as the person who had given money to make fake passports for Booru Moona and who had also brought the suspect to the airport for him to escape to a foreign country.

Accordingly, he was arrested while hiding in the Nuwara Eliya area and handed over to the Negombo police for further investigations.

It has been revealed that the suspect is a 35-year-old naval rating and a resident of Aluthgama.

The suspect was arrested, based on information received by the officers of the Police Special Task Force Intelligence Division.

The Police Special Task Force said the suspect’s wife was also arrested.

Booru Moona went to the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), with this suspect, on March 24, to flee to Dubai, under the false name of Koralage Kankanamla Ravidu Varna Ranga, with a fake passport.

Immigration Department officials, at the BIA, arrested him and handed him over to the Airport Police.

Booru Moona

, who is also a deserter from the Navy, has reportedly confessed that he has committed nine murders, and a recent murder. in Hanwella. was among them.

However, the suspect escaped from the police custody when two monks had come to the Airport Police to get him released.

Four police officers, including the Station, were arrested, and suspended from duty, for allowing the suspect to escape.

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