No imminent threat to parliament from this terrorist group: Speaker
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya informed parliament yesterday that the government had controlled 95 per cent of the extremist terrorists and that there was no imminent threat to parliament from this terrorist group. He told parliament that however, he had focused on security of parliament so as to prevent any possible attack in the future. He said this in response to a question raised by joint opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardane about the security in parliament in the wake of arresting a parliament employee. MP Gunawardane said the Speaker had to alert MPS of security in parliament for the second time and asked whether the Speaker was getting true and detailed information of the security situation? Speaker Jayasuriya said he was receiving reports of security information from the intelligence services, police and security forces daily. Clarifying on the arrest of a parliament employee, the Speaker said he was being questioned and that according to reports so far, there was no other employee in parliament found to have links with this terrorist group. He said the suspect who was arrested earlier with Parliament passes and an altered vehicle was not a parliament employee.