CDS could not have gone abroad without President's knowledge: Sumanthiran

14 September 2018 06:10 am - 19     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday struck a note of criticism at President Maithripala Sirisena over the incident in which Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Ravindra Wijegunaratne left the country for Mexico last Monday despite him being called by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to give a statement.

The CDS is accused of aiding Navy officer Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi who is a suspect in a case involving the abduction of 11 persons during the wartime. He had been summoned by the CID to record a statement last Monday.

Commenting on the incident, TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran told the Daily Mirror that Wijegunaratne could not have gone abroad without informing the President.

“There have been news reports in the Sinhala media that the President had instructed military high officials not to divulge information to the CID. The CID has been asking for details with regard to the abduction of 11 students and murder in Colombo. The CDS is suspected of having aided Hettiarachchi to escape the country. We are concerned about this,” he said.

“The President knows his involvement. These developments concern us. In these matters, the government assured the international community that the rule of law will prevail,” he said.

He said that this kind of interference confirmed that international involvement was necessary for judicial processes here. Mr. Sumanthiran said he enacted to send a strong message before the President reached the UN to address the annual general assembly. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 19

  • Dutchy Friday, 14 September 2018 07:02 AM

    No person can be arrested on mere suspicious. Police must come up with credible facts. Accusations against the CDS still blurred

    jega Friday, 14 September 2018 03:13 PM

    This is did not apply for so many tamils in the past. Clearly this country has two sets of rules for tamils and sinhalese.

    Sun Friday, 14 September 2018 03:45 PM

    There is nothing about arrest only called by CID to give a statement. Small issues like the cashew go bang

    Nimo Friday, 14 September 2018 07:22 AM

    So the truth is coming out, diaspora is behind it as the Commander was instrumental in getting the LTTE banned as a terriost organization for another year.

    SHERLOCK HOLMES Friday, 14 September 2018 07:37 AM

    "ELEMENTARY MY DEAR SUMANTHIRAN" with apologies to Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Ramdas Friday, 14 September 2018 08:22 AM

    You are a double crosser. We live in Jaffna in peace and harmony. We would welcome Sinhalese and Muslims to come to Jaffna and have their homes established. It is ok for them to build Temple and Mosques in correct places. As we Tamils live everywhere in the country why cant other ethnic group live in Jaffna. You all are making problems. Please leave us alone.

    Arthur Friday, 14 September 2018 01:08 PM

    Agree 100 percent with your views on all races living peacefully in the whole country. But how does this relate to CDS scooting off without reporting to CID?

    Siva Friday, 14 September 2018 02:35 PM

    Do not insult our intelligence. You are neither a Tamil and nor from Jaffna.

    Jaliya Friday, 14 September 2018 08:24 AM

    Ah... now this man is singing. Can DM publish my previous comment that was not published on last Monday ? The answers are in it !!

    vasaliya Friday, 14 September 2018 08:27 AM

    There goes gamaralas would be minority vote base....bloody double dealing scoundrel....

    cheers Friday, 14 September 2018 08:35 AM

    Do not cry sumanthiran anything against LTTE was a terrorist matter national security and peoples safety first

    Bala Friday, 14 September 2018 08:51 AM

    This “village” President can do what ever he likes to protect the dangerous criminals in the Sri Lankan Military,but the world is watching.

    Ceylon Friday, 14 September 2018 12:03 PM

    Supporting and protecting criminals are punishable crime for several years in jail.

    VJ Friday, 14 September 2018 12:44 PM

    This is not about the president, not about the LTTE, it is about justice to the 11 murdered children.

    Nimo Friday, 14 September 2018 04:40 PM

    Agree with you 100 percents.The legal process will determine the case.You can’t burn somebody on the stake until you hear all the facts.First the Media reported that the accused was sent by a Navy boat out of the country and then it changed to that he went by plane and finally was arrested in Fort. Read all the media reports and see it does not make sense.The suprem commander of the tri forces is the President and the CDS will not go overseas with out his permission. Let the invistigation go through the process and let’s see the out come.Making predetermined judgment is wrong.

    CITIZEN Friday, 14 September 2018 05:16 PM

    Wait Mr. Sumanthiran. He is going to the UN and he will tell the International Community that he has no faith in his Police and the CID and he wouldn't mind, as per UN Resolution, International Judges coming in!!!!

    Banda Friday, 14 September 2018 06:40 PM

    Now the same MS will dispatch a minister to Geneva to give out all the earthy promises to the idiots there.

    ala Saturday, 15 September 2018 06:04 AM

    Mr. President , mind your own business without becoming another fool in the eyes of the public. You have caused so mush of embarrassment to the country.

    Sangaralingham Monday, 17 September 2018 09:05 AM

    Title or rank must say something. Travel involve formalities which may have been violated if what I read is correct about a person. Going abroad while under serious complaint seems so pathetic who is responsible must ask his heard what is right or wrong.

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