Coup allegations are baseless: Gota

2015-01-22 02:37:54

Former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa rejected allegations of an attempt being made by the Rajapaksa regime to subvert democracy through an ‘election night coup’ and said they would not have called in the Attorney General if such a plan was being actually hatched at Temple Trees.

“Yes, the Attorney General was called to Temple Trees but that was to discuss the matter of maintaining law and order such as whether it was necessary to impose a curfew, etc. because the Opposition had publicly stated that it will surround Temple Trees. That was a situation that needed to be addressed,” he said in an interview with Daily Mirror.

Mr. Rajapaksa said therefore there was a need to put in place certain measures and provide instructions on the maintenance of law and order during the post-election period.

He said the AG, the IGP and the service commanders were present at the Temple Trees.

“The AG is entitled to advise the government and if there was an attempt to stage a coup, do you think the AG would have been consulted?” Mr. Rajapaksa asked adding that these allegations about a coup was ‘false and baseless’ and was being publicized to discredit the former President and other officials.

“It’s nothing more than a political witch-hunt because it’s very clear that no such thing took place; even before all the results were announced the President and all his staff left Temple Trees,” he added. (Lakna Paranamanna)

  Comments - 13

  • Wellwisher Thursday, 22 January 2015 09:39

    If you need to discuss about security aspect you need to call the forces(Army and Police) not Attorney General.

    Reply : 30       178

    Dom Thursday, 22 January 2015 16:29

    But they refused to do.

    Reply : 3       11

    MADUKRM22 Thursday, 22 January 2015 09:49

    Really ?

    Reply : 16       122

    edward Thursday, 22 January 2015 09:58

    Was Coup attempt manepulated By Mangala and his Indian supporters

    Reply : 105       69

    Danu Thursday, 22 January 2015 10:04

    To the point, again! Well said.

    Reply : 142       75

    dwickra Thursday, 22 January 2015 10:11

    SirDo not worry, let them to run this media circus with all allegations.Ordinary people in this country knew your contributions to our country.

    Reply : 219       103

    Dirty Cloths Thursday, 22 January 2015 12:32

    Here he goes again. Always denies.

    Reply : 17       80

    The God Father Thursday, 22 January 2015 13:27

    Uncle bayawela.

    Reply : 22       77

    sri Thursday, 22 January 2015 17:24

    Conflicting statements. !

    Reply : 6       21

    chinthaka Thursday, 22 January 2015 17:50

    Stop trying to throw mud at war heros like Gota.

    Reply : 32       14

    G hapun Thursday, 22 January 2015 19:15

    Uncle, there is something called a mobile phone. If you want to talk. Why physical presence?

    Reply : 6       6

    Xfernando Thursday, 22 January 2015 20:10

    Yeah. So says a man who is under investigation for murder.

    Reply : 7       8

    Mason Thursday, 22 January 2015 20:32

    It is common sense to know that you and your brother are not going to accept that a coup was attempted.

    Reply : 8       8

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