Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

FMR. PRES­I­DENT IN­FLU­ENCED CID IN­VES­TI­GA­TIONS

PCOI on Easter Sun­day at­tacks

- Fmr. Min­is­ter Sa­gala Rat­nayaka says BY YOSHITHA PER­ERA South Africa News · Corruption · Crime · U.S. News · White-collar Crime · Politics · Ranil Wickremasinghe · White House National Security Council · Maithripala Sirisena

Pres­sure had been brought upon In­ves­ti­ga­tion Of­fi­cers by the for­mer Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena, when cer­tain ar­rests were made, spe­cially re­lated to Army of­fi­cers and con­duct­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions dur­ing the for­mer Gov­ern­ment’s pe­riod, for­mer Law and Or­der Min­is­ter Sa­gala Rat­nayaka in­formed the PCOI prob­ing the Easter Sun­day at­tacks.

Tes­ti­fy­ing be­fore the Com­mis­sion Rat­nayaka said that when the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions De­part­ment (CID) made cer­tain ar­rests, the for­mer Pres­i­dent had called for meet­ings with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cers to­gether with him, at the Pres­i­den­tial Sec­re­tariat and blamed them.“the for­mer Pres­i­dent had be­rated the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cers on mak­ing cer­tain ar­rests and pres­sure was brought upon them dur­ing these meet­ings which were held at the Pres­i­den­tial Sec­re­tariat, ”he said.

Rat­nayaka said that the above rea­son was the main is­sue for his res­ig­na­tion as the Law and Or­der Min­is­ter and he had re­quested for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Ranil Wick­remesinghe to pro­vide him with a dif­fer­ent port­fo­lio.

“I don’t want to dis­cuss these mat­ters at the Com­mis­sion premises; but since the Com­mis­sion­ers were ques­tion­ing, I wish to pro­vide an an­swer.the Army of­fi­cers were ar­rested as sus­pects of mur­der cases and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cers did so af­ter hav­ing ob­tained the At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s ap­proval ”he said.

The wit­ness fur­ther added that Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (NSC) was not op­er­ated in a proper man­ner dur­ing the for­mer Gov­ern­ment’s pe­riod and it di­rectly af­fected the coun­try’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity.

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