Colombo - Sri Lankan investigators have exhumed the body of a former national rugby union player whose mysterious death three years ago was ruled an accident but is now suspected to have been a murder.
Authorities re-opened the case of Wasim Thajudeen's death after allegations mounted that police had covered up a murder in which a son of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was implicated. Rajapaksa has denied that his son was involved and says the allegations are politically motivated.
Thajudeen's body was dug out from a Muslim burial ground outside Colombo on Monday, watched by a judge and other officials. The body was then transported to a lab.
Thajudeen was found dead in May 2012 inside a burning car that appeared to have crashed into a wall.