The mystery of the white van with three army personnel on board taken into custody on Tuesday deepened further after a government minister today revealed that it had earlier belonged to the LTTE.
UNFGG Gampaha District Candidate and Minister Joseph Michael Perera who revealed more details at a news briefing said the white van had been acquired by the Army later.
He said this incident is an achievement of the people and is a step in the direction of revealing more details of the level of crime that had prevailed in Sri Lanka.
“For the first time three army personnel have been arrested and the white van they were travelling in taken into custody was a victory for peace-loving people and will help uncover the criminal activities carried out in the country,” the minister said.
He claimed that the three army personnel had revealed that the revolver they had with them was owned by former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Responding to a question asked by the journalists why they were released on bail if their arrest would be a possible lead to other crimes, the minister said it was the courts which granted them bail and not the government.
The minister who referred to a statement made by some UPFA members that the three army personnel in the white van were on a mission to assassinate ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa, said those who made this accusation should provide information to the authorities so that a proper investigation could be carried out. (Yohan Perera and Chaturanga Pradeep)
Now, any finds of armaments will with army personel and civilians will naturally belong to the Rajapakshes.(Instructions of RW)
sapu Wednesday, 22 July 2015 18:02
Trying white wash what MR did in the last 10 years eh?
Sapu Wednesday, 22 July 2015 19:08
So how did the Military get LTTE vehicles? Even Gota said it was a LTTE vehicle!
Sikuru Wednesday, 22 July 2015 16:49
We all know the ties MR had with LTTE members liek Karuna ,KP ,Douglas
ara Wednesday, 22 July 2015 18:09
MR is not in power anymore, so its about time RW and MS take responsibility for whats happening in the country rather than blaming MR
Bert Wednesday, 22 July 2015 20:29
Looks like you do not know the difference between blame and facts.
Mahen Wednesday, 22 July 2015 21:17
How did these men get bail? Who is the Judge?
VT Thursday, 23 July 2015 10:22
How can some one carry weapons owned by Gotabaya ?This is fishy.The defense ministry should reveal the facts to the public without hiding.First of all the vehicle is now owned by army .So at this moment we are not interested about the LTTE story.
sim Thursday, 23 July 2015 19:56
why military personnel in plain clothes and driving in a van with false number plates
gonjan Thursday, 23 July 2015 20:18
why the hell this politicians hurrying to release statement let this security matters to handle by police or security forces who are responsible for that.there is saying in singhalees "horaata kalin keselkena veta paninawalu"
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