JVP speaks out on Avant Garde controversy

JVP speaks out on Avant Garde controversy

JVP speaks out on Avant Garde controversy

Written by Tharushan Fernando

07 Nov, 2015 | 8:09 pm

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna is preparing to present a no-confidence motion against the Minister of Law and Order Tilak Marapana. They convened a media briefing in Colombo on Saturday to elaborate on the issues surrounding Avant Garde.

JVP Politburo Member, Bimal Rathnayake stated:

Leader of the House, Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that as there are legal matters taken up on the Avant Garde issue. A statement cannot be made. However, after the debate on this matter commenced, Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and Minister of Law and Order Tilak Marapana defended Avant Garde in their statements. So, is there a case against this or not?

He further stated:

There was an issue surrounding the passport of the Chairman of Avant Garde and there was an additional secretary of the Ministry of Defence Damayanthi Jayaratne – but now she is serving as the Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs .

He went on to stated:

The subject Minister is Vajira Abeywardena and we have spoke time and time again on Minister Vajira Abeywardena and his connections

During a discussion held to raise awareness on the issues surrounding the indigenous community, Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe commented on the Avant Garde issue stating that Avant Garde was a maritime security service that was operating in the seas with the legal permit issued in 2012 by the previous government and it has the consent of the United Nations Security Council. However, we do not have 1000 or 2000 lawyers who can advise the government to make decisions on its legality because there is only one person and that is the Attorney General  So the AGs advise is the governments’ stance

Speaking at a meeting in Minuwangoda on Satruday, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said that he would resort to legal action against the accusations made by Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe stating that this Rajapakshe was always with the other Rajapaksa and now he says that he will file case for defamation seeking 500 million rupees in damages but I have no such wealth because I only have my pension.

He further stated

Persons like Wijeydasa Rajapakshe are connected to Avant Garde and have obtained money from them and is preventing any legal action taken against them. Anura Kumara mentioned three names including Mr.Marapana and Vajira Abeywardena but why is Wijeydasa trying to attack me alone. Because I am only saying what was mentioned by the Ministers who are around him

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