Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara
23 Apr, 2015 | 7:48 pm
Minister of Public Order John Amaratunga says that those charged of wrongdoings should be brought to book. Addressing a media briefing in Colombo on Thursday (April 23rd) the minister stated that the arrest of someone, who is charged with committing a malpractice, following investigation is not something new.
The Ministers statements were prompted by the arrest of MP Basil Rajapaksa by the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) on Wednesday (April 22nd). Min. Amaratunga went on to note that if the parliamentarian is proved to be not guilty, then he would be freed.
The Minister of Public Order reiterated that Sri Lanka is a democratic country and it is their responsibility to safeguard the authority of the rule of law.
Responding to questions raised by journalists regarding the summoning of former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa before the bribery commission, the minister stated that Gotabaya Rajapaksa does not need to fear the summon if he has not committed any act of wrongdoing.
The minister was also questioned about the manner in which public who gathered at the Kaduwela Magistrate’s court, when MP bail Rajapaksa was brought in, behaved. The Minister stated that a majority of the people who had gathered there were brought to the location after offering bribes of alcohol and food. Min. Amaratunga noted that they have the democratic right to express their opinion as long as they do not break the law.
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