Ranil makes several key revelations in Parliament
Speaking in Parliament today (11), former Prime Minister and United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe made some startling revelations pertaining to the Millenium City deal, the Kadirgamar assassination and the Easter attacks.
“I would like to bring everyone’s attention to the construction of Millennium City. Being the President at that time, Chandrika Bandanaike had also wanted the development to be done out of Colombo, as safe residences. Despite those instructions, Army General Balagalle went against it and stopped it. During that period while peace talks were ongoing, a bomb was detonated. Thankfully, no one was severely injured or died, so the peace talks were delayed. I hadn’t spoken about this in the past, but today I want to speak out,” said Wickremesinghe.
He went on to say that information was passed on to “dead sources” who said that the residencies would be re-built. Whereas, instructions made by former President Chandrika had already been gone against.
“Eventually, a story was made that the Governing party was involved with LTTE member Karuna, and that he had an army of over 3000 people. All allegations were made, but eventually it was proven that Karuna had no army as such. When those allegations did not work, they created issues which lead to the assassination of Kadirgamar,” Wickremesinghe claimed.
Further, he stated that a group of people had travelled along with the ISIS terrorist group, and the State Intelligence Services closely followed them, but no one partook in their activities.
“When this group of people returned back from ISIS traning, I informed former Senior Deputy Inspector-General of Police in Sri Lanka and Chief of State Intelligence Service NIlantha Jayawardena to initiate a probe into the returnees, whereas that too was ignored. These, he said, were normal people of no threats. When the information was passed on from India of the Easter attacks, even I was not informed of the steps taken by the State Intelligence Services to prevent this attack,” claimed Wickremesinghe.
Wickremesinghe added that during the last few days before the attacks, the only complaints lodged were by MP Kabir Hashim about the Mawanella Buddhist statue incident.
“When we went and asked the State Intelligence Services that there might be a link between the Mawanella statue issue and the Easter attacks, no one said anything. This was not a sudden thing that happened, whereas it was something that was built gradually and the State Intelligence Services failed to recognise the signs,” Wickremesinghe stated.
In concluding, Wickremesinghe told the Parliament that answers should be given to MP Harin Fernando, Manusha Nanayakkara and Lakshman Kiriwella without accusations to the previous Government.