ONLY SEVEN IN­TEL OF­FI­CERS BE­HIND BARS: SAGALA

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY ADEESHA ARIYATHILE­KE - MATARA

Ac­cord­ing to the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment (CID), seven out of 20 in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers have been sen­tenced to prison but not thou­sands as ru­moured, South­ern De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Sagala Rat­nayake said yes­ter­day.

“A ma­jor­ity of the im­pris­oned in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers have been re­leased. They were taken into cus­tody un­der the crim­i­nal law and not un­der any in­flu­ence. We have at least 10,000 of­fi­cers at­tached to in­tel­li­gence ser­vices in the coun­try. We have in­tel­li­gence ser­vices in the gov­ern­ment, po­lice and the tri-forces. Dur­ing the past decade, some of these per­son­nel have been sum­moned to ap­pear in court. Such probes have not been car­ried out by the gov­ern­ment but by the CID. Hence, they are free from po­lit­i­cal in­fer­ence,” he said.

Mean­while, it has been de­cided to hold Ve­sak cel­e­bra­tions in a grand scale and with po­lice and tri-forces se­cu­rity fol­low­ing dis­cus­sions with the Matara Dis­trict Sasa­narak­shaka Bala Man­dalaya. “Dis­trict and Di­vi­sional Sec­re­tari­ats have also pledged their sup­port to this en­deav­our,” he said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Sri Lanka

© PressReader. All rights reserved.