Gota testifies before Court on Dec 2006 LTTE assassination attempt | Daily News

Gota testifies before Court on Dec 2006 LTTE assassination attempt


Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa testified yesterday before the Colombo Special High Court, in a case against five LTTE suspects charged with aiding and abetting the LTTE suicide cadre who attempted to assassinate him on December 1, 2006.

The case was taken up before Colombo Special High Court Judge Iranganie Perera and evidence produced by Deputy Solicitor General Rohantha Abeysuriya and Senior State Counsel Nayomi Wickremasekara.

The former Defence Secretary said that on December 1, 2006 he had left his official residence at Bauddhaloka Mawatha to the Temple Trees in a bullet proof BMW.

He said he was seated behind the Security Personal Officer (PSO) who was sitting next to the driver.

He said he heard a huge explosion when the convoy reached Pittala Junction in Colombo 3. Rajapaksa said he was thrown to the side of the vehicle from the powerful impact of the explosion.

He said that he saw a motorcycle from his convoy and several vehicles in flames. He said security officials had taken him out of the vehicle by breaking the vehicles locks.

The Court concluded recording evidence from Rajapaksa and fixed further inquiry into matter for tomorrow (28).

In this case, the Attorney General had filed indictments against the five accused of conspiring with the LTTE suicide cadre and assisting him carry out his assasination attempt, that killed two army officers and injured several others -  the former Defence Secretary had escaped unhurt. The LTTE cadre had driven an explosive laden vehicle into the former Defence Secretary's motorcade at Pittala Junction. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)



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