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Smear campaign about Zahran links

Mahanayaka advises SLMC leader to reveal all facts

The Mahanayaka of the Malwatte Chapter has asked Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader and Minister Rauff Hakeem to publicly reveal all the facts about the smear campaign against him that attempts to link the SLMC leader with suicide bomber Zahran Hashim’s Easter Sunday terror campaign.

The SLMC leader called on the Most Ven.Thibbotuwawe Sri Sidhartha Sumangala Thera at the Malwatte Maha Vihara, Kandy, yesterday afternoon and briefed the prelate on the recent propaganda campaign to falsely implicate him with the Easter Sunday terror attack group.

He had explained that this false information was being circulated because he had taken the decision to extend his support at the Presidential election to NDF candidate Sajith Premadasa. He had told the Ven. Mahanayaka Thera that this was the motive behind the conspiracy to blacken his (Hakeem’s) character and misrepresent his national political role, according to SLMC sources.

Hakeem has told the Ven. Mahanayake Thera that he would make a special statement in Parliament today (23) and reveal the truth. He had told the Mahanayake Thera that he had no connection with any extremist groups and after the 2015 elections he had visited injured persons in hospital after the Kattankudy riots and that these photographs had been used by certain elements to sling mud at him.

Hakeem had said that at the time he had visited the victims in hospital, Zahran had also been there but he was unaware of who he was.

Hakeem had noted that the PSC report is expected to be presented to parliament today and thereafter he would make a special statement in parliament revealing many factors hitherto unknown to the public.

He said that during his 25 year political career he had always rejected extremism and the sinister motives of these persons who are trying to implicate him will never materialise.

In response, the Most Ven.Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera had stated that by making a statement regarding the allegations against him, Hakeem could reveal the truth to the public.

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