Political revenge and witch hunting should be confined to politicians and not be extended to their families, former president Mahinda Rajapakse said after visiting his son Yoshitha Rajapakse at Welikada Prison, who was arrested on Saturday.
Speaking to the media outside the magazine prison, Rajapakse said it would not matter if he was arrested and imprisoned in the government’s political witch hunt.
“One of the suspects, a doctor, was asked to give up Yoshitha’s name for his freedom or be imprisoned. The child has to sit for his exams on February 9 and 10. Forget what happened to my child, it is an inconvenience for said doctor just because he was a shareholder,” Rajapakse said.
Rajapakse’s eldest son and parliamentarian, Namal Rajapakse, who also visited his brother, said the government was engaged in a political witch hunt which spanned the entire hierarchy of the public service.
“It is not only the five of them who have been targeted but also other government officials who supported the previous government. They have a thirst to arrest people in a bid to dismantle the opposition,” he said.
Rajapske accused the government of arresting innocent individuals and charging them with false crimes, while boasting of being a democracy. The MP went on to say the B report filed for the five suspects did not clearly state what they were charged for.
“It does not matter is they are engaged in a political witch hunt if they were fulfilling the needs of the people, but development programmes in the country have come to a halt. This government has spent most of their time on a witch hunt. Our only request is that they fulfill the needs of the people,” he said.
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n.sriranganthan Monday, 01 February 2016 09:48 AM
well let the government do the right thing and stand for justice it can be anyone coz they got to prove and if they can do that then any culprits from the bottom to top should be punished . i think the government should finished these matters and concentrate on these rape cases also they should finish the case in 6months and these scoundrels should be punished to abstain from child abuse otherwise its going to be a big problem to people who have children. people have confidence in madam chandrika and his excellency president and Hon .Ranil wickremasinghe .i know now no one can take this strong government for a ride which have an intellectuals in their parliament-- this should be published -==--------
unity Monday, 01 February 2016 11:34 AM
The whole family should go inside the bars! via DM Android App.
Leo Monday, 01 February 2016 11:26 AM
Justice does not mean political revenge. You could have avoided all this if you ensured yahapalanaya instead of matiyapalanaya, via DM Android App.
Owl Monday, 01 February 2016 11:18 AM
Look who is talking and see who is seated by him...
Muhandiram Monday, 01 February 2016 11:16 AM
How come remanding a guy who swindled hundreds of millions of Rupees of public funds become political revenge? If and when you and your cronies are punished for your running amok and swindling hundreds of billions of rupees of public funds, you will call that also political revenge? Whom are you trying to fool?
Labby Monday, 01 February 2016 11:15 AM
The arrest of your son has nothing to do with politics, it was simply on charges of mass plundering of state funds.
Sincere Monday, 01 February 2016 10:57 AM
The argument is so simple. How can someone who was not employed first and then later got a government job and started such a massive television channel. Just show the sources of funds. Without talking on that issue,shouting on political revenge is useless.
Silva Monday, 01 February 2016 10:55 AM
Well well, then you should not have brought them to politics in the first instance, to loot the public money through your TV channels, car races, horse races, murders etc.
Hamban Monday, 01 February 2016 09:49 AM
All that money was what you looted. Your son was your proxy. You gave it him to play as he pleased. Or he looted on your behalf with your full knowledge.
Kiris Baba Amaray Sunday, 31 January 2016 07:56 PM
Do you mean your son is a fallen angel? No... sorry !!!!
Vijith Pierterz Sunday, 31 January 2016 08:15 PM
Sir, we know who you are and your whole family. The Govt. is doing the right thing.
Docuk Sunday, 31 January 2016 08:10 PM
Pot calling the kettle black. Hahahah. Plus why is family members involved in money laundering?
Bubble Banda Sunday, 31 January 2016 08:10 PM
As a father, you are responsible for all wrong doings of your dirty sons.
Kiris Baba Amaray Sunday, 31 January 2016 08:08 PM
Police found after investigation that your son have played out in millions, no mercy !!!!
Desmond Jeromme Sunday, 31 January 2016 08:06 PM
Its too late.. million 230 is not a easy money.
J Palitha Sunday, 31 January 2016 08:02 PM
When you were ruling you filled your pocket with Billions and your sons too followed, that is all.
Kadupol Jothywansa Sunday, 31 January 2016 07:59 PM
This is not a Political Revenge Sir, its merely a total looting and playing out in billions.
Desmond Jeromme Sunday, 31 January 2016 07:57 PM
He is your son, obviously he also have your looting blood.
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