Uproar in House over assassination plot

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By Ajith Siriwardana   

Parliament erupted in heated arguments yesterday over the alleged plot revealed by anti-corruption movement leader Namal Kumara to kill President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

 

Joint Opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardane asked in parliament about the progress of the investigation carried out into the incident. MP Gunawardane said if the President was assassinated, the Prime Minister would function as the acting President until a new President was elected.   

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“It was a serious matter. This conspiracy should be thoroughly investigated and all those involved should be brought to book,” he said. 


Leader of the house Lakshman Kiriella, who stood up, said questioning by the JO regarding the matter was a hindrance to the investigations.


“The JO is trying to sabotage the investigation by bringing up this matter in parliament. I am a Lawyer. It is obvious how this matter was raised by MP Gunawardane”, he said.  


Law and Order Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara said CID had launched an investigation into the incident and added that Namal Kumara had been questioned by the CID for 10 hours.  “His mobile phone which was said to have contained the alleged audio and video recordings had been taken into the custody of the CID. The unedited video and audio recordings had been requested for, from the media institutions,” he said. The Minister said TID’s DIG Nalaka De Silva had been transferred to the IT Department of the Police on a request made by the CID.   

 

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JO MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage said, the security of Namal Kumara has been removed and that it was reported there was a plot to send him overseas and requested the Law and Order Minister to provide him with police security.   


JO MP Shehan Semasinghe said the transferring of DIG Nalaka Silva to the IT department was a threat to the investigations.   


JO MP Sisira Jayakody alleged that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was silent over the matter for which the Premier responded saying that he and the President had ordered for an investigation into the incident.   

 

The security of Namal Kumara has been removed and it was reported there was a plot to  send him overseas

 


Ready to provide security to Gota if he requests

LATE-CITY-DM-4-8By Ajith Siriwardana   

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday the government would provide police security to former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa if he requests.  

 

 

  • As I know, we may have to provide him security due to the rift in the joint opposition. Do not try to gain political advantages from this incident

 

He told parliament that if Mr. Rajapaksa thinks that his life was at risk, he could request for security.  “As I know, we may have to provide him security due to the rift in the joint opposition. Do not try to gain political advantages from this incident,” he said.   Mr. Wickremesinghe said he was surprised that opposition members who were silent when the common candidate’s security was removed   during the presidential election, were now bothering about the President’s security.    He said both he and the President had ordered an investigation into the incident.  “CID will inform us on actions to be taken after the investigations. There is an investigation going on and we cannot reveal all the details right now,” he said.