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In an intial statement to the CID, former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said it was he who had approved the issuance of automatic weapons to Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited and to the Avant Garde floating armoury in the Galle Port, Police said today.


His statement was recorded by the CID last week in connection with the activities of the two armouries which were recently checked by the police.


A three-member CID team which visited Mr. Rajapaksa’s residence to record his statement was told that he neede ample time to study the relevant documents prior to making a proper statement.


He was reported to have told the detectives that he would give a statement next week at a time he found convenient to do so.


When asked whether the detectives had accorded any special privilege to Mr. Rajapaksa visiting his residence instead of summoning him to the CID office to record the statement, Police Spokesman Ajith Rohana said there was nothing wrong in the CID visiting somebody to record a statement.


He said the CID wanted to learn about an approval given by the former Defense Secretary and as such there was no necessity to summon him to the CID office.


SSP Rohana said the detectives would next obtain information on the weapons procurement procedure adopted by these armouries. (Kevin Kariyawasam)
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  • Nalini Wednesday, 18 February 2015 06:27 AM

    it is a common practice of the CID and other similar institution of the world to visit the accused and take a statement or collect evidence or to advice. I am saying this with my own experience.

    Amith Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:35 PM

    These matter should be discussed in open forum with specialist. . Some media have anguished about allege company.

    ananda Wednesday, 18 February 2015 06:46 AM

    I think he must be arrested now or he will set up an Army coup to overthrow the present government.

    Labby Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:54 PM

    What a disgraceful state of affairs.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 18 February 2015 08:47 AM

    This may be very unlikely given to understand the history of omissions in Sri Lanka and given to understand that all these illegal affairs are conducted with the cooperation of some who are in authority now i.e. both politically and armed forces.

    Bala Tuesday, 17 February 2015 10:21 PM

    We can only hope that justiice will be done by the Police to see if he had authority to act as he did. If not he must be arrested for a serious firearms offence - more serious than losing two cars

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 18 February 2015 08:50 AM

    It is this same arrogance he used on the Tamils of the north.

    TONY Tuesday, 17 February 2015 11:29 PM

    NO WONDER GOTA SAYS THAT NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO REPLACE HIM WHO HAS SUCH POWER TO DO THING HIS WAY WITHOUT CONCERN TO RULES

    dcn Tuesday, 17 February 2015 11:30 PM

    Trust investigations would be completed expeditiously and prosecuted accirdung to law.

    LogicalCitizen Thursday, 19 February 2015 07:30 PM

    Btw Rakna Lanka is a fully owned government company.

    Upul Tuesday, 17 February 2015 11:50 PM

    He was reported to have told the detectives that he would give a statement next week at a time he found convenient to do so. What is this nonsense? He is a normal citizen now. Is the CID is going to wait for his convenient time to get his statement? This is not the YAHAPALANAYA people were expecting.

    FAR THINKER Friday, 20 February 2015 10:17 AM

    THEN HOW DID UPFA GIVEN WEAPONS and MONEY TO THE LTTE DURING 2005 ELECTIONS ................IDIOTIC DONKEY??

    lima Tuesday, 17 February 2015 11:52 PM

    BECAUSE ALL THESE GUYS WERE ENTERTAINED AND GOT ALL BENEFITS FROM THE ROGUE REGIME , SO STLL THEY ACT BIASED TO THEM IN SALUTATION FOR THE BENEFITS THEY OBTAINED .THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW , OUR PRESIDENT SHOULD ORDER TO DO WHAT THE LAW WANTED AND NOT WHAT GOTA OR MAHINDA WANTED IT SHOULD BE WHAT THE LAW WANTED.NOBODY CAN SAY THEY CAN GIVE STATEMENT AT THEIR CONVENIENT , WHAT ABOUT OTHERS WHO ARE JAILED

    Sana Wednesday, 18 February 2015 10:00 AM

    Oh what a childish comment! Anyway, I think he should.

    Wele Suda Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:02 AM

    Why get down Kudu dumi to the CID on 3 consecutive days to record statements? Why give him time to make a statement at the time he thinks its convenient to him? why why? is he as Powerful now than before? isnt he just an ordinary citizen? woah he should be hand cuffed and taken to the CID for immediate questioning

    John Wednesday, 18 February 2015 02:44 PM

    The sooner these rat bags are interrogated and jailed for crimes against there own people the sooner the country can focus on development. Not at their convenience but right now.

    amith Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:15 AM

    How can he gave weapon belongs to government to the private company

    G.M. Jayawardena Wednesday, 18 February 2015 12:37 AM

    Fair enough to respect him for the services he had rendered to the country and to the nation.

    rasitha rathnayake Wednesday, 18 February 2015 02:58 PM

    HOW DID UNP GIVE WEPONS TO THE LTTE................IDIOT.

    De silva Wednesday, 18 February 2015 01:06 AM

    This man thought he was the king of castle. Why we wait for.This man should be in jail.

    Veda-mama Wednesday, 18 February 2015 01:24 AM

    ELEVENA JARMAETA THMAI HONDA HONDA NAETUM BALANNA PULUWAN.

    Philip Dias Wednesday, 18 February 2015 03:11 AM

    Waste of tax payers money, we know the final outcome will be zero.

    Reality Saturday, 21 February 2015 10:45 PM

    Darn good lesson for the stupid monkeys who wanted a change. You have got it well and good a stupid change.

    Cobra Wednesday, 18 February 2015 05:25 AM

    Among other things like murder etc...!!!

    Rdf Wednesday, 18 February 2015 05:59 AM

    Mr. Ajith Rohana. Can you give us a single instance the CID visited a private residence of a suspect. You are a shame to the police force and CID. People suspected of smaller issues are hauled to the forth floor and grilled for hours it is learned, why not GR. You are the best spokes person ever.

    IVJ Wednesday, 18 February 2015 06:10 AM

    Why is the police spokesman keep publishing what their next steps are allowing whoever they investigate to "prepare" their answers/course of actions?


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