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State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene today said the withdrawal of military personnel from former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s security detail was never aimed at humiliating him or putting his life in danger.

Addressing a ceremony to mark the launch of the fifth phase of the 'Virusara' Privilege card at the Light Infantry Headquarters in Panagoda, the minister said specially trained police personnel would replace military personnel in Mr. Rajapaksa’s security division.

Minister Wijewardene further said that military security was not given even to President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe or to himself as the State Minister of Defence.

The State Minister emphasized that tri-forces security should be provided not for VIPs, but for the national security.

According to the Security Council’s decision to withdraw military security from VIPs, no politician will be provided with military security hereafter, the minister added.

“During the last regime, our military personnel had to carry even sandbags when they participated in some sports events organized by the children of VIPs,” he recalled. (Piyumi Fonseka)


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  • sataro Saturday, 09 April 2016 03:21 AM

    MR reduced madam chandrikas security with permission from courts y not for MR via DM iOS App

    S B Lokuge Saturday, 09 April 2016 03:50 AM

    These military personnel that are withdrawn from MR's protection will be back in the barracks and will not perform any service to the country. The policemen that replace them can do more useful duties to the public when there is obviously a serious lack law and order in the country.

    Sapu Saturday, 09 April 2016 04:43 AM

    Both PM and President use STF guards so how did MR get hundreds of soldiers as it's illegal as well

    Aba Jayasekera Saturday, 09 April 2016 05:04 AM

    We are not at war now. So why continue with military security ?

    karsha Saturday, 09 April 2016 07:33 AM

    Hon MP Mahinda Rajapaksha has to be given all privileges given to a Member of Parlimant

    TONY Saturday, 09 April 2016 09:08 AM

    CANT YOU SIMPLY STATE THAT MR IS ENTITLED TO AN ORDINARY MP'S SECURITY

    Nader Saturday, 09 April 2016 10:07 AM

    An MP is entitled to 2 Policemen, so why anything more for this Kurunegala MP?

    ANTON Saturday, 09 April 2016 10:11 AM

    IF THEY PROVIDE MILITARY PERSONNEL TO ALL RAJAPAKSE FAMILY MEMBERS , THEY WILL FORM A SEPARATE BATTALION.

    Lenna Saturday, 09 April 2016 12:45 PM

    STF is an arm of the police

    Sharon Sunday, 10 April 2016 09:07 AM

    We know that. its not a disgrace. its a threat via DM iOS App

    upi Monday, 11 April 2016 10:49 AM

    In my opinion two Gambattas with shot guns would do as no one will want to harm an incommpoop


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