Mangala denies any revelation on assassination plot by Indian national

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Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said today several media outlets had given wide publicity to false, unattributed claims that the CID had alleged in court that an Indian national had confirmed the existence of a plot to assassinate President Sirisena, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family members.

He said in a statement that the reason CID officers sought to detain Mr. Thomas was to conduct further investigations on a suspicion that Mr. Thomas may have violated Section 5 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act No. 48 of 1978 by failing to report information pertaining to plans to commit an act of terror.

This suspicion was filed in writing by the CID and stated verbally in open court. Further evidence in support of this submission was shared with the Magistrate.

“These news reports are false, baseless and inflammatory. The CID has not, at any time, in either written or verbal submissions to the Magistrate’s Court, made any statement that could lead to the conclusion or inference that an assassination plot has been established or corroborated, whether through Indian national Marceli Thomas or by any other means,” he said in a statement.

“The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is conducting investigations into serious allegations of an alleged conspiracy to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, amongst others. As of this time, the only source for these allegations is a statement made by Mr. A.M. Namal Kumara. While the Criminal Investigation Department has yet to report any evidence substantiating the existence of such a plot, these allegations are so grave in their implication that CID detectives must take every precaution thoroughly investigate and seek to corroborate their every element, as a matter of national security,” the statement added.

He said in the statement that the CID officers on Monday arrested Indian national “Marceli Thomas” in connection with this investigation.

“Mr. Thomas was produced before the Colombo Fort Magistrates Court, and an order to detain him in CID custody was sought and obtained.

“Journalists are free to observe any court proceedings in person or to apply for transcripts of proceedings and court filings through the Registrar of the Court. Therefore, it is inexcusable to make such serious and inflammatory statements on a matter of public record without citing any sources or mode of corroboration. Responsible media organisations and public figures alike should restrict their reporting on judicial matters to the written and verbal submissions made by parties before the court. Such caution is all the more paramount with regards to reporting on criminal investigations with serious implications to the security of the state,” it said.

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  • Ganesh Wednesday, 26 September 2018 10:54 PM

    Thomas is a Christian name and there is a high proportion of Indian Christians working for the Indian Intelligence RAW.

    Cynical Thursday, 27 September 2018 03:16 PM

    There are also lots of Indians names Ganesh.. No? All that you say is just conjecture. Stop rumor-mongering.

    Thiru Wednesday, 26 September 2018 10:58 PM

    You should be talking about the progress of the investigation instead you are so defensive and looks so angry,what is goin on. Are you also involved.

    Puhul hora Wednesday, 26 September 2018 11:37 PM

    Statement from another plotter? Puhul hora Karin dabney.

    Priya Thursday, 27 September 2018 12:44 AM

    This news was published last night and why would you take ages to come out and correct it? As the Media Minister why didn't you act immediately on this matter if it was false. Something fishy ha?Do you guys think we are fools ? Why was the Indian so interested in this assassination plot ? Why would he just visit Kumar's house? Just to inquire? What nonsence !!! When things are slowly coming out, it seems like everyone is getting worked up. No doubt this will end up like the Central Bank bone issue. Straight to the dustbin !!!?

    C.K.Lankaputhra. Thursday, 27 September 2018 12:58 AM

    Assasination plot or a political propaganda aimed at up coming at 2020 election.? Another trump to cover the failure of ' Janabalaya Kolambata'.

    lamaN eskapajaR Thursday, 27 September 2018 09:02 AM

    1. Father and son went to India. Father told about constitutional problem for his son age 30, 35. 2. Then Assassination story creation 3. Then Indian Christian went to meet Assassination story creater. 4. Former President Security Chief ask for additional security to MR family 5. Try to send IGP home. These all are done by the organizer of "Janabalaya kolabata".


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