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CID knew about the Easter attacks – Wijeyadasa

Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe /

Errant United National Front (UNF) MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe accused the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today of possessing prior knowledge of the Easter Sunday bombings.

Speaking to the media this afternoon, Rajapakshe claimed he had given testimony on it.

“From information obtained after the Buddha statue incident in Mawanella, the more powerful members of Zahran’s gang were arrested, but were later released.  As they were about to arrest the rest, Western Province Governor Azath Salley and then IGP Pujith Jayasundara prevented it. Are these the officials we expect security from?” he said.

The MP went on to say that three months was too early to announce an assurance of security.

“If I was Director CID, I would’ve filed a case within a week. That’s how much evidence there is. In New Zealand it took only one day,” he said.

Asked if he was satisfied with his political ally President Maithripala Sirisena’s actions, Rajapakshe said he could not approve the posting of the “unqualified” Hemasiri Fernando to Defence Ministry Secretary.

However, he said, it was Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who was responsible for the Police Department. 

“Don’t forget that in that entire period, the Police was under the Prime Minister. His close confidante Sagala Ratnayake was Minister in name only. All key decisions were made and orders given by the PM. It was the same with Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara,” he said.

“The Prime Minister took all decisions and gave orders related to defence and security,” he added.

Responding to a question about pending disciplinary inquiries against him and Athuraliye Rathana Thero, Rajapaksa said he’s still waiting for a call.

“I together with Tilak Marapana wrote this constitution, though the legal secretary claims it was written by J. R. Jayawardene. As a party, they have the right to hold an inquiry, and as elected representatives, we have the right to go to court,” he said.