Former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said he obtained a firearm for his personal protection in March 2006, with the knowledge of then Defence Secretary and current President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The former parliamentarian issuing a statement said that he legally obtained a 9 mm revolver in 2006 during the height of the civil war.
He added that at the time, he was appointed as a director of Strategic Enterprises Management Agency (SEMA) by then President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
“Accordingly, I was awarded with a firearm for my personal protection in March 2006, with the sole knowledge of Gotabaya Rajapaksa,” he added.
Ranawaka made this statement denying media reports which stated that he was in possession of an illegal weapon during last ten years.
Sam Silva Thursday, 01 April 2021 07:30 PM
Submit your material evidence and you are off the hook
Ha..ha Thursday, 01 April 2021 07:32 PM
He is not the sole authority You should get gice you proper sanction. For eg you should not been given a fully automatic or rocky launsher.
Ranaweera Thursday, 01 April 2021 08:56 PM
Firearm is for the killing. Fo you have a paper from them authorising you to have firearm. Were you hunting men or women.
TJ Thursday, 01 April 2021 10:20 PM
Do you mean that obtaining firearms with the knowledge of the defense secretary doesn’t require a license? Maybe his words are circulars
Dillan Thursday, 01 April 2021 11:22 PM
They are true srilankans.they got arms to fight against LTTE.
Kadiya Friday, 02 April 2021 06:21 AM
Gota: Mata mathaka nehe!!!
Sokrates Friday, 02 April 2021 08:14 AM
Good politicians never need a weapon.
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