Sum­mon­ing in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers may risk their lives

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY AJITH SIRIWARDAN­A AND YO­HAN PER­ERA

Op­po­si­tion leader Mahinda Ra­japaksa yes­ter­day urged the gov­ern­ment not to en­dan­ger the lives of in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers by sum­mon­ing them be­fore the Par­lia­men­tary Se­lect Com­mit­tee (PSC) which was prob­ing the Easter Sunday at­tacks.

If sum­moned be­fore the PSC as wit­nesses, their iden­tity will be re­vealed just like in the case of the Mil­len­nium City in­ci­dent

He told par­lia­ment that this was sim­i­lar to the Mil­len­nium City in­ci­dent where the names of in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers were re­vealed putting their lives at risk and said they would have to be pro­vided with se­cu­rity.

“If in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers are sum­moned be­fore the PSC as wit­nesses, their iden­tity will be re­vealed just like in the case of the Mil­len­nium City in­ci­dent,”

Mr. Ra­japaksa said.

He said the in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers should not be ques­tioned in pub­lic and said the gov­ern­ment should not use it for po­lit­i­cal gains.

House Leader Lak­sh­man Kiriella said the in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers were in­formed by the PSC chair­man be­fore the pro­ceed­ings to re­frain from mak­ing state­ments which con­tain sensitive in­for­ma­tion.

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