Chandrika writes to the President on ‘privacy issues’

Chandrika writes to the President on ‘privacy issues’

Chandrika writes to the President on ‘privacy issues’

Written by Bella Dalima

21 Mar, 2014 | 9:53 pm

Media reports say that former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge has addressed a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa informing him that her privacy has been obstructed and that her security is under grave threat as a result of government intelligence services spying on her continuously and collecting information on her.

The report notes that the Former President says in her letter that the activities of the intelligence services have violated her fundamental rights and her right to live in freedom has been obstructed.

Meanwhile, addressing a letter to the former president, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, responded.

The media report notes that the Former President has said that a suspicion has arisen as to whether plans are being made to act against her, as a result of the continuous spying into her comings and goings and the people she meets.

According to the report, Kumaratunge has also noted in her letter that intelligence services under the purview of the Presidential Secretariat and the Ministry of Defence are monitoring her telephone calls and e-mails constantly, and that they are surveilling her residences in Colombo and Horagolla.

Furthermore, according to the report, the Former President notes in her letter to the President that intelligence services had conducted surveillance on her during a recent visit to Kurunegala and Anuradhapura, and that members of her security detail had identified these intelligence personnel.

She notes that although she has addressed letters to the Defence Secretary, the Inspector General of police and several Ministers regarding the harassment she has been facing, no consideration has been shown as yet.

The report further notes, that the former President has stated in her letter that as a result of the actions of the government and in fear of the white van culture, her friends too have abandoned communicating with her.
Furthermore, the report adds that the Former President requests the President through her letter to take steps to instruct the relevant units to immediately cease the illegal surveillance they are conducting on her.

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