Yahapalana Govt. submitted Cabinet Paper to strip Civil Rights of Rajapaksa family members | Daily News


 

Former Justice Minister tells Presidential Commission:

Yahapalana Govt. submitted Cabinet Paper to strip Civil Rights of Rajapaksa family members

Former Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday said a Cabinet Paper aiming at stripping the civil rights of the Rajapaksa family members had been submitted to the Yahapalana Cabinet and discussions had taken place at Temple Trees to arrest a member of the Rajapaksa family once a week.

The former Minister was giving evidence before the Presidential Commission on political victimization yesterday as part of an investigation conducted by the Commission following a complaint made by Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi.

It was revealed at the Commission that former President Maithripala Sirisena and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe were forced from time to time by former Cabinet Ministers Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Arjuna Ranatunga and JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake to arrest members of the Rajapaksa family .

“Former Ministers Patali Champika Ranawaka, Rajitha Senaratne, Mangala Samaraweera, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka and J.C.Weliamuna, PC, participated in a meeting that took place at Temple Trees on January 29, 2015. They discussed how a member of the Rajapaksa family can be arrested in every week,” he said.

The former Justice Minister said that he came to know that Yoshitha Rajapaksa has been arrested in that manner the very next day (January 30, 2015). ‍‍He also told the Commission that these Ministers discussed how a member of a Rajapaksa family was to be arrested on Independence Day that year. The former minister also said the discussion focused on the stripping of the civil rights of the Rajapaksa family members.

“They did not want to arrest Nissanka Senadhipathi over the Avant Garde case. They wanted to get former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrested over the Avant Garde Case,” former Minister Rajapakshe said.

The former Justice Minister said a number of discussions took place at the President’s House and Temple Trees on how former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa could be arrested. He said he also participated in these meetings.


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