Yahapalana govt. brought disrepute to armed forces; Navy Officer tells PCoI

Yahapalana govt. brought disrepute to armed forces; Navy Officer tells PCoI

Yahapalana govt. brought disrepute to armed forces; Navy Officer tells PCoI

Written by Zulfick Farzan

12 Aug, 2020 | 7:23 pm

Colombo (News 1st);  The conduct of the ‘Government of Good Governance’ brought disrepute to the Three-Armed Forces locally and Internationally, said Commander R. K. Sumith Ranasinghe of the Sri Lanka Navy to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing incidents of Political Victimization.

Commander R. K. Sumith Ranasinghe said, during the time of the war, a location known by locals as ‘Gun Site’ close to the Trincomalee Harbour was used to detain LTTE cadres for Naval Intelligence to extract limited confidential information.

When the ‘Government of Good Governance’ or the ‘Yahapalana’ government was elected, ‘Gun Site’ was branded as ‘Gota’s Camp’ for politically motivated reasons, said Sumith Ranasinghe adding its existence was promoted via the media as a torture house where 700 terrorists were detained against their will.

He said the ‘Yahapalana’ Government used Ex-CID Director Shani Abeysekera and IP Nishantha De Silva to fabricate false evidence on the matter.

He alleged the ‘Yahapalana’ Government had even taken measures to publicize false news to claim 11 young men from Colombo were abducted and detained as Gota’s Camp in 2011.

Commander R. K. Sumith Ranasinghe expressed his deep disappointment on the disrepute brought about by branding an intelligence operation based on National Security as ‘Gota’s Camp’ and for making accusations to claim war crimes had taken place there.

Further examination of the evidence on the matter will take place on the 17th of August.

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