PR officer was the one arrested: Mangala's Media Sec.

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Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s Media Secretary Asita Rajapakse said in a statement today that it was Minister’s Public Relations Officer Sameera Manahara who was arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) in Mount Lavania on August 5.

Mr. Rajapakse was responding to media reports that the Minister’s Private Secretary was arrested when a stock of narcotics was found in possession of one of those in the jeep.

He said Mr. Manahara was arrested by the STF and handed over to the police. The arrest had been made when Mr. Manahara and three of his friends were travelling in a jeep for a function.

The arrest was made after narcotics were found inside the vehicle. The vehicle belonged to one of those travelling in the jeep. The STF officers visited the house of the suspect-the owner of the jeep-and took into custody 16 bottles of liquor, three cartons of cigarettes, a knife and an ornamental sword.

The suspects were produced in the Mount Lavinia Magistrate's Court and apart from the person admitting to having the narcotics in his possession, the others including Mr. Manahara were released on bail.

Mr. Rajapakse said media websites were publishing baseless allegations against the minister to tarnish his image.

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  • ruchira Monday, 07 August 2017 07:24 PM

    cigarettes & liquor only how vanished other things via DM Android App

    chandra Monday, 07 August 2017 07:27 PM

    Slowly coming to the scene. During last regime also supporters around the high ups behaved like this but it was after 8 -9 years later they became ruling party.

    saba Tuesday, 08 August 2017 03:10 PM

    Ane Mr Chandra, when are we going to change. If somebody has something wrong it is wrong. Even Raja pakshaya. Even Ravi K. Even PM. Please change for the sake of your children.

    daham Monday, 07 August 2017 07:36 PM

    What was published by websites is proved by this statement. One suspect is one of the secretaries of the Hon.minister.

    Neo Monday, 07 August 2017 08:37 PM

    actually a lover

    Gem Tuesday, 08 August 2017 10:50 AM

    Whoever! he has copied RaviK's answers: "I don't know". Mangala should stop attacking the Rajapaksas and start cleaning his own house of garbage before facing the People's court like RaviK.

    Boolaya Monday, 07 August 2017 07:59 PM

    This is why we need to cherry pick the candidates we votes for at elections. We can not vote for candidates having PR officers engaged in nefarious activities. Now the media should educate the public on the background of the future candidates prior to elections.

    Aquarius Tuesday, 08 August 2017 07:24 AM

    We kicked out some but they managed to get in through the back door with the blessings of those at the top. We know the saying "one spoiled egg".... and ensuing results.

    Aquarius Tuesday, 08 August 2017 09:36 AM

    We cherry picked and kicked out some but they managed to get back into Parliament through the back door with the approval of the 2 leaders. We need to close these loop holes.

    Dev Monday, 07 August 2017 08:39 PM

    Lahiru is still in remand. Accusation is damage to public property. Mangalas PR officer is out of bail after 2 hours. Accusation is possession of drugs. Yahapalane my foot

    JAN Monday, 07 August 2017 08:41 PM

    Expose with photos and give wider publicity to impress citizens via DM Android App

    Veer Monday, 07 August 2017 08:42 PM

    Do we pay for these public relations officers of these ministers? What service do they provide to us?

    athiy Tuesday, 08 August 2017 10:16 AM

    Well said Bro, during the previous regime cxan you guys remember Hon PM DMJ secretary had issued an official letter to release goods which finally came to light that it was narcotics, any body questioned the previous regime. this is all ball pass game every government has.

    Meerkat Monday, 07 August 2017 08:43 PM

    And they had to name this good governance. What a joke.

    Sara Monday, 07 August 2017 09:23 PM

    I am sure a lot of these people connected to different politicos get involved in this type of offences which is understandable with the boss having political power.What we cannot understand is the Politico talking as if he and his office are so clean and so well disciplined.Same happened to Hon RK too.

    ceylon Monday, 07 August 2017 09:24 PM

    government seems now allowingofficials to the job accordingnto.law.if rajapaksa timenever touch any one connected to rajapaksa or frienss. via DM Android App

    Giabao Monday, 07 August 2017 10:51 PM

    OMG. Could police arrest someone with 5 liquor bottles and cigarettes ? is that a crime ?

    RD Tuesday, 08 August 2017 07:53 AM

    Read the complete story my friend. Mr. Rajapakse was responding to media reports that the Minister’s Private Secretary was arrested when a stock of narcotics was found in possession of one of those in the jeep.

    Ravisha Tuesday, 08 August 2017 09:03 AM

    Read before you comment. Don't make things up.

    raza Tuesday, 08 August 2017 08:36 AM

    Has said secretary fired by the as a Minister. Mangala has a habit of supporting opportunists introducing themselves as party men without knowing their antecedents and ulterior motives.

    Asanga Tuesday, 08 August 2017 10:07 AM

    This man is one of ministers lovers, What is happening to our country? I strongly believe president will loose his credibility soon if he continues with UNP

    Syndrome Tuesday, 08 August 2017 10:56 AM

    Its none our business what happens in his personal life. Was moda-wangsa wife affected after the Viagra death! Lets concentrate on the issue, please!

    Gem Tuesday, 08 August 2017 10:54 AM

    Mangala should make a statement immediately! He should tell the truth and we don't expect lies any more! What a funny Yahapalanaya!

    Raj Tuesday, 08 August 2017 11:24 AM

    The arrest due to possession of narcotics is ok. But but...why did STF take into custody 16 Bottles of Liquor and 3 Cartons of Cigarettes? Is it illegal to have these at home?.

    nick Tuesday, 08 August 2017 03:07 PM

    this Yahapalanaya is in a mess need a real government via DM Android App

    Steve Tuesday, 08 August 2017 03:40 PM

    High time a Minister be appointed in charge of Films. We might be able to win a few Oscar Awards soon.

    chandra Tuesday, 08 August 2017 04:35 PM

    @Saba, I mentioned the cycle of changing what we experience last 60 odd years. I wanted to explain present people started very early.


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