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’’Minister Weerasekara should take the responsibility if something happened to my life’’: Sumanthiran

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Special security provided to TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran was removed as he had participated in a protest violating police orders and a Court Order, Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekara said today.

He told Parliament that it was ludicrous if someone, who violates Police and Court Orders, is provided special security.

“I am the one who removed MP Sumanthiran’s special security. I had personally informed him that he had threats to his life. If so, he should have avoided going to public gatherings where there were around 2,500 people. He should have been mindful of his security. The STF cannot take the responsibility,” he said.

The Minister said this when opposition members protested against removing MP Sumanthiran’s special security.

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa said Mr. Sumanthiran was provided with special security based on a threat assessment on his life and pointed out that it was incorrect to remove his security just because he had participated in a protest.

Minister Weerasekara said a few months ago, MP Sumanthiran had participated in a commemoration of a terrorist who had killed STF personnel while the STF were guarding him outside. “I pardoned him for the first time. A legal army cannot provide security to someone who acts illegally by violating Court Orders,” he said.

SJB MP Sarath Fonseka said it was wrong to remove security of Mr. Sumanthiran, who had always stood up against terrorism while terrorist leaders like Karuna Amman and Pillaiyan, who killed army and police personnel, have been provided with security.

Minister Weerasekara said it was only the special security provided to Mr. Sumanthiran that was removed and added that he had been provided with four security personnel provided to a normal MP.

MP Sumanthiran said he had not violated any Court Order and pointed out that even if he had done so, his special security provided based on threat assessment cannot be removed.

“Minister Weerasekara should take the responsibility if something happened to my life,” he said.(Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 24

  • RoaringCreek Wednesday, 10 February 2021 08:51 PM

    This minister who basic qualification is GCE (OL), that was the qualification needed to join the Nave in the 60s and now says he has a doctorate will take no responsibility. Please get your own security.

    Sathya Wednesday, 10 February 2021 09:53 PM

    This black skinned guy called Weerasekara has an insane hatred for the Tamils all along. Things have changed and there are no LTTE in fighting mode in Sri Lanka anymore. Hence those belonging to the majority Sinhalese community must adopt and embrace the Tamils as fellow countrymen. One thing is sure if Tamils are harmed again then the Western countries would strongly react against Sri Lanka and nothing could be ruled out.

    Attorney at law Wednesday, 10 February 2021 10:19 PM

    This minister guy must grow up. He cannot come even into a minor speck of Mr Sumanthiran's intelligence. He wants to show off he has power. A disgrace. Petty matter to do. Shame.

    J Anton, Negombo Thursday, 11 February 2021 12:42 AM

    Attorney at Law, I agree with what you say but don’t talk nonsense like “ Summanthiran’s intelligence”. He defended Ranjan and Ranjan got 4 years imprisonment .

    Ramesh Thursday, 11 February 2021 02:35 AM

    Most racist minister in the government. He treats all the minorities as dirts.

    ari Thursday, 11 February 2021 04:02 AM

    Mr Sumanthiran wants security from the very same forces that he is accusing of causing genocide. What a shame !

    Kumara Thursday, 11 February 2021 04:31 AM

    Minister Weerasekara actions show he is not a brainy person to be an MP let alone a Minister.

    Dayan Thursday, 11 February 2021 04:34 AM

    Following an Easter attack the then president strongly campaign for security failure and promised he will fix it. Now the public security minster made a public statement indicating he acted on logical thinking and public information to remove security of an individual rather than data collected from security agencies work for the government. Can we call the current arrangement too a failure and another disaster waiting at our door steps.

    Mokan Thursday, 11 February 2021 04:56 AM

    Why the Colombo media is so quiet about the protest marches happening in North East. Even USA mentioned about it. Is there a directive

    Charles Jansz Thursday, 11 February 2021 05:34 AM

    The Ministers explanation holds no water especially with the likes of Pillayan provided with intense security. As SF said, what a shame!!

    DJ Thursday, 11 February 2021 05:58 AM

    Your best friend be a terrorist which you will not stand for, but when he dies he was still your friend and attending a funeral cannot portray that you accept terrorism. Monster S Weerasekera should be removed for not being able to see basic logic and that too to give such a dumb answer in parliament. He is a true moron.

    sandaruwan Thursday, 11 February 2021 06:14 AM

    Who with harm to you

    Punchi Putha Thursday, 11 February 2021 06:37 AM

    No MP should be given any unnecessary security wasting tax payers money as they claim to represent people and democracy. If it is essential, one constable should be sufficient to coordinate with the security apparatus of the nation. Learn from the truly democratic countries.

    P Harry Thursday, 11 February 2021 06:56 AM

    Refer this to Ms. Teplitz for her instructions. Suma is her agent now.

    Jayt Thursday, 11 February 2021 08:31 AM

    We know wrote your message

    Prof. M.T. Thirunavukarasu Thursday, 11 February 2021 08:32 AM

    Weeray can you challenge with Sumanthiran? What is his capacity and what is your capacity?

    Keerthi Perera Thursday, 11 February 2021 08:35 AM

    Hard slap to Minister Sarath Weerasekera. what a shame, can you face the media again? The whole world was watching what happened in the Parliament.

    R.T. Kanangara (attorney-at-law) Thursday, 11 February 2021 08:37 AM

    Sarath you cannot control Sumanthiran is this way, he is not an easy man. He is a super man who can turn you upside down believe me.

    Ravi Thursday, 11 February 2021 09:00 AM

    Now where are those people who was talking about political revenge ?

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 11 February 2021 09:13 AM

    If Weerasekeran studies the origin of his name, he will understand better not only how to treat other people equally but also who the Sinhalese actually are.

    Jeewaratnehole Thursday, 11 February 2021 09:42 AM

    Just because the yahapaluwas gave them extra security for their votes, a majority government will not do so. Simple as that. They make it appears as his total security is withdrawn. What a pathetic bunch of losers.

    Sanje Thursday, 11 February 2021 09:43 AM

    If you want Security. Respect them first.

    VJ Thursday, 11 February 2021 07:31 PM

    Not IF, your life IS in danger no doubt. What happened to Raviraj could happen to you.

    Ascot Dexter Thursday, 11 February 2021 07:54 PM

    Best decision by the minister, this LTTE blood is in his veins and that is very transparent when he opens his mouth, hatred towards the security forces and the bogus genocide song sung by this tiger sympathizer. From whom does he need protection from? Is from the Tamil people or security forces?


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