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Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that, though the government had finalised arrangements to hold the 68th Independence Day celebrations at the Galle Face Green, he had not yet been invited to the event.

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that, though the government had finalised arrangements to hold the 68th Independence Day celebrations at the Galle Face Green, he had not yet been invited to the event.

Speaking to the media at the Abhayaramaya temple in Narahenpita, he also said that the joint opposition had decided to boycott the event.

“Even if we are formally invited we will not participate in it,” he said.

“Does the opposition have enough freedom to celebrate Independence Day?” he asked. “The revenge taken on me has now gone beyond the limit. The government is trying to get revenge from all the Rajapaksas,” he said.

“We will have to consider this matter in future,” he said.

“Today I visited Yoshitha Rajapaksa and the five others at the Welikada Prison and I am awaiting the decision of the court,” he said.

“As we earlier said, the FCID is an institution which cannot be accepted. Orders are given to it by a committee appointed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and it reports back to him. Several complaints have been made to the Supreme Court and to the Court of Appeal regarding this,” said Mr. Rajapaksa.(Chaturanga Pradeep and Indika Sri Aravinda)

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  • spartan01 Friday, 05 February 2016 07:41 AM

    Get a life MR u wont be missed anyway

    Sri Lankan Wednesday, 03 February 2016 06:42 AM

    According to oxford dictionary, "a terrorist " is a person who terrorizes people, didnt MR terrorize people? Can he be invited for this?

    Ram Wednesday, 03 February 2016 07:02 AM

    MR must understand that his son was arrested for wrongdoings. He can plead his innocence in court as SF or former CJ SB did

    Nandanee Wednesday, 03 February 2016 12:16 PM

    “Nothing annoys people so much as not receiving invitations.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest.

    ANTON Wednesday, 03 February 2016 07:13 AM

    BUT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS INVITED TO CID, FCID AND PRCIFAC....... IS NOT THE ENOUGH ?

    Sri Lankan Wednesday, 03 February 2016 07:15 AM

    If you do not wish to participate, why do you want an invitation!!!?

    Cobra Wednesday, 03 February 2016 07:28 AM

    Would someone please send him an invitation card in a silver platter?

    KGBeast Wednesday, 03 February 2016 01:41 PM

    Ithin apita ganakwath na ne

    Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 03 February 2016 07:36 AM

    He is an ordinary MP.

    Shan De Silva Wednesday, 03 February 2016 07:38 AM

    Good move by the government. Sri lanka is a democratic country and there is no room for kings and kingdoms. Thank god we are still sri lanka and not Kingdom of Rajapakse.

    w.p.s. weerawardana Wednesday, 03 February 2016 02:12 PM

    The Govt; know very well that even if they invite you,you will never come. You will visit some temple, which you had never visited during your ruling time. You and your family has robbed billions of poor peoples tax money,please explain how this money came to your family without crying0. Explain how a UN qualified navy officer earn so big amount of money,run business and get your son out of jail.


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