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Keheliya unaware of alleged Chinese Military boots on SL soil

By Aazam Ameen

Cabinet Spokesperson and Minister of Mass Media Keheliya Rambukwella is unaware of the alleged presence of what appears to be personnel attached to China’s People’s Liberation Army at the launch of a Chinese Joint Venture to dredge the Tissamaharama Wewa, The Morning learnt.

When The Morning asked Minister Rambukwella if he had any understanding of the presence of Chinese military boots on Sri Lankan soil, he stated that to his knowledge, he did not know about the same.

“This project is being handled by the Honorable Chamal Rajapaksa, Minister of Irrigation. I really do not know about the entire of those persons pictured. I have not studied up on that,” he explained further.

According to Chapter VII of the Penal Code of Sri Lanka (Offences relating to the Army, Navy, and Air Force), it states that whoever, not being a soldier, sailor, or airman in the military, naval, or air service of
the Republic wears any garb, or carries any token resembling any garb or token used by such a soldier, sailor, or airman, with the intention that it may be believed that he is such a soldier, sailor, or airman, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine which may extend to one hundred rupees, or with both.

Despite The Morning’s repeated attempts to contact Minister of Irrigation Chamal Rajapaksa over this matter, they proved to be futile.