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.

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