Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa today claimed that the government was using journalist Keith Noyahr’s abduction and assault to achieve its political ends and described it as yet another case of political revenge.
He told the media who had gathered outside his residence that five CID detectives had questioned him for about three hours in connection with this incident.
“The CID must have been instigated by government leaders to record my statement. They asked me whether Karu Jayasuriya had telephoned me and whether Keith Noyahr was released after Mr. Jayasuriya had telephoned me. I cannot remember whether he telephoned me or not. So many people telephone me,” Mr. Rajapaksa said.
He said he asked the CID officers whether it was wrong to release Mr. Noyahr and added that they were used to this kind of political vengeance.
“The government is doing various things to achieve its political ends. This is one such incident. This shows the government’s vindictive actions. They must be thinking that this sort of things will not happen to them,” he said. (Ajith Siriwardana)
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Comments - 36
Chryshan K Friday, 17 August 2018 06:03 PM
At least you should be lucky these are handled very professionally unlike the way you took SF into custody.
vithura Friday, 17 August 2018 06:35 PM
Or unlike sending in the white van!
bandara Friday, 17 August 2018 09:11 PM
All revenge politics should be stopped and same time send all current politicians home and bring skillful best of the best Sri Lankans to the parliament and PM and President should be appointed from them. -bandara
Perumal Saturday, 18 August 2018 03:43 PM
I can't remember. Duminda Silva system.
DEMENTIA Saturday, 18 August 2018 06:09 PM
YES - DUMMINA SYNDROME - people who forget suffer from dementia and not suitable to hold responsible office - Mr Election commissioner - please weed out such individuals when they submit their papers for contesting elections.
MEMORY TEST Sunday, 19 August 2018 07:50 AM
All candidates should submit memory test reports with their nomination form
Unchikun Friday, 17 August 2018 06:07 PM
Just as we all expected, he cannot remember! Lovely the world
Unchikun Friday, 17 August 2018 09:16 PM
The next visit, he will be bitten by a snake, the standard protocol .
666 Friday, 17 August 2018 06:18 PM
There are two things very noticeable in former Presidents statement. The first is saying that he cannot remember whether Karu Jayasuriya had telephoned him regarding the abduction of the journalist sounds very funny. The second is the veiled threat to the government to drop all this investigations saying "They must be thinking that this sort of things will not happen to them" sounds ominous.
I cannot remember Friday, 17 August 2018 06:31 PM
I cannot remember, expected answer of course. However this was an assault of a well known journalist that was abducted and tortured by military intelligence back then, anyone with common sense would know who gave the orders.
Bala Saturday, 18 August 2018 04:06 PM
it was NOT wrong to release Mr. Noyahr but IT WAS WRONG for your sibling to get him by force in a van and hrash hm mercilessly. As usual twisting to fool the unwary and hoodwink the masses.
vithura Friday, 17 August 2018 06:33 PM
His above statement on the release of the Journalist is akin to a burglar questioning whether it is wrong to return the stolen goods. What a world we live in, he does not say a word about the abduction and who was behind these, but as ever ready to portray himself as a victim of political vengeance to get sympathy of the gullible masses.
ravin Friday, 17 August 2018 06:34 PM
Without many fuss prove your innocence.
Mandy Friday, 17 August 2018 09:46 PM
He cannot prove innocence because he his guilty. The truth if he said would make it worse - so he avoids it and uses subterfuge.
miniha Friday, 17 August 2018 06:44 PM
He talking ab out revenge always, but hasn't he taken any revenge when he was is power, what about and happened to SF after his elections.......why he could not go to FCID as a normal person, it is hats-off to RW who personnel vowed to go to FCID/CID with regard to bond evidence and he did it, which is appreciated.
Raj Friday, 17 August 2018 06:51 PM
Because of you and your family we are suffering now. Don't put Baba part.
jan Saturday, 18 August 2018 06:59 PM
Do not be stupid Mr. You are suffering now its because of this stupid , useless government , the people who have no ability to do anything they only try to blame to others, at least if he did not ruling the governtmnet you and your family still under the bed Mr.
Siyantha Friday, 17 August 2018 06:59 PM
Order was given by the top, he was then taken to a torture secret army camp in dompe and tortured for writing agaisnt the government just the other journalists however he was spared for some reason ( from the call to MR)
TONY Friday, 17 August 2018 07:57 PM
WHEN QUESTIONS ARE ASKED IT IS POLITICAL REVENGE. WHAT DOES MR COMPARE WHAT THEY DID TO SF AFTER HE CONTESTED MR AT THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS WITH THE PRESENT QUESTIONING.
RK Friday, 17 August 2018 08:32 PM
‘I dont remember’ is a common drill in the book to awail any legal confrontations..
Ceylon Friday, 17 August 2018 08:34 PM
Political revenge is illeagal.so you file a case against the police without boru show talks.
sad Friday, 17 August 2018 08:37 PM
It is a good statement "Political Revenge" but you will not remember the political revenge you took as there were so.many.
Nihal Friday, 17 August 2018 08:39 PM
Exactly almost same MR totally AFRAID MR self arranged with his group to protect himself Now he don't remember later he is totally lost if he self arrived by himself at FCID MR self arranged more group and it's getting worse and TROUBLED also MR always want his group around him always
Ceylon Friday, 17 August 2018 08:39 PM
Only now he realised he is not the president now.
Dhammika Friday, 17 August 2018 08:47 PM
MR the HYPCRITE at the highest level ! . And still some people want him to come back to power . SHAME ! .
sanath Saturday, 18 August 2018 05:55 PM
The people who support this hypocrite also suffer from dementia..No wonder the country is unable to progress.
VJ Friday, 17 August 2018 09:12 PM
I am sure he is not suffering from amnesia but he must be developing dementia. The fear in him is obvious.
Nihal Friday, 17 August 2018 09:14 PM
MR why he is afraid to go by himself to FCID and give what ever statements they want if he is innocent until proven MR defeated war when he was President Am keep wondering why all his Group surrounding him and protecting him unusually
Arjuna ranawana Friday, 17 August 2018 09:32 PM
Not a Western conspiracy
Medamulane Rogue Saturday, 18 August 2018 03:36 PM
Aiyyo mata mathaka nah!!! He should know in his conscious, if he has one, that it doesn't allow him to sleep well, neither rest well!!!
Sarath Saturday, 18 August 2018 04:02 PM
So he can't remember if Karu called him... But DOES remember giving orders to release the journalist? So the journalist was detained on his commands? Why? Guilty!!!
Royce Saturday, 18 August 2018 04:28 PM
To whom did he say 'Moda yakek mu' to ?
Citizen perera Saturday, 18 August 2018 04:50 PM
The simple solution to all these chaos is that entire parliament should be sunk...and new breed of people should govern this country.
Sadun Thenuwera Saturday, 18 August 2018 05:07 PM
That guy who got blasted from MR bugger was lokubandara' s son ujitha lokubandara
Hautaum Saturday, 18 August 2018 05:13 PM
Nothing will happen while questioning him or his statement after questioning. It is ovious that how the democrate was prevailed during his rule.
Buddhist Saturday, 18 August 2018 05:59 PM
The joke is as if Mahinda has not lied! Well decisions of the courts are based on evidence, if there is ample evidence to prove that Rajapakse knew about it and he saved the life then the courts will decide if he is also one of those to be found fault with for the abduction.
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