Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has challenged UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella to give the name of the mother who, according to Kiriella, had claimed to have seen the person who abducted her son at the Police Station went she went to make a complaint about the abduction.
“He says that a female came up to him and said that when she went to the Police to complain about the abduction of her son, she found the very person who had come to abduct him at the Police station. Being a politician and MP he must not make general comments. It is a disgrace. Give us the name; we can take action,” Rajapaksa said.
“As a responsible citizen he must have taken the name of the police officer and complained to IGP. Did he do that? At least even now I challenge him to give the name of the mother so we can get the name of the police officer and investigate,” he said.
“He is playing to the UN and the international community by making baseless allegations. Need I remind him that the most number of abductions and extra-judicial killings took place when his party was in power in 1987/88?” Rajapaksa said.
The Defence Secretary also said that Kiriella’s statement that the proper legal procedure was to have produced Gunaratnam before a Court of Law was baseless.
“For a lawyer, it is pathetic that he does not know what the legal procedure is. The order to deport should be given by the Commissioner of Immigration so he must brush up his knowledge on the law. This is why politicians mustn’t open their mouth without knowing the facts. This shows the calibre of politicians; it is unfortunate that he has commented without knowing the facts,” he stated. (Ayesha Zuhair)