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Mahinda gives three-hour statement to CID at residence

  • CID visits Mahinda’s official residence in Colombo 
  • 11 MPs questioned by CID in total 

BY Buddhika Samaraweera

Former Prime Minister and incumbent Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MP Mahinda Rajapaksa recorded a three-hour-long statement with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) regarding the incidents of peaceful protestors in front of the Temple Trees at Kollupitiya and at Galle Face being attacked by a group of SLPP supporters on 9 May.

When contacted by The Morning, an official from the Police Media Division said that the CID officials had visited Rajapaksa’s official residence in Colombo and that the latter had recorded a statement regarding the incidents.

Meanwhile, speaking to the media yesterday (26), Police Media Spokesman, Senior Superintendent of Police and Attorney-at-Law Nihal Thalduwa said that a total of 11 MPs had thus far recorded statements with the CID in connection with the incidents that took place on 9 May. In addition, he said that the CID had recorded statements from a number of Local Government representatives.

Allegations have been levelled against Rajapaksa and several other politicians including SLPP MPs Sanath Nishantha Perera and Milan Jayathilake, the latter duo who are currently in remand custody in connection with the incidents on 9 May, and Johnston Fernando, C.B. Rathnayake, Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi and Rohitha Abeygunawardena, that they had instigated the group of SLPP supporters who attacked the peaceful protesters.

A group of SLPP supporters, who had come to meet the then Premier Rajapaksa had attacked the “MynaGoGama” and “GotaGoGama” protest sites in front of the Temple Trees and at the Galle Face Green, respectively, on 9 May. Following the attack, tense situations erupted in several parts of the country. Rajapaksa, who was the then Premier resigned from the post following the attacks and a large number of people had surrounded the Temple Trees that night. On 10 May, Rajapaksa had been taken to the Trincomalee Naval Base due to security concerns.