Singer Amal Perera, who was summoned to the police station to give a statement in connection with the missing albino turtle, said yesterday that he was innocent and that he had undergone much inconvenience due to this false allegation.
“I and my family including my school going daughter have undergone much inconvenience due to this incident. Chandrasiri who is the owner of the turtle hatchery must take the responsibility for making a false allegation against me. Chandrasiri said about 200 buyers came to buy the turtle but I do not know why he connected only me with this incident. Chandrasiri must also be questioned regarding the loss of the animal,” he said.
Convening a news conference in Colombo, Mr. Perera said he went to buy the albino turtle with one of his friends in July and said his friend wanted to buy it for Rs.35 million.
“I mediated in this deal only because both the buyer and the turtle owner were my close friends. I did not want to buy a turtle for such a big price. I am a person who earns my living by singing. It is true that my friend offered Rs. 35 million. But Chandrasiri refused to sell it. So we went away. But we never threatened him and we had not brought the money to buy it as he claimed. This incident happened in late July or early August as far as I can remember. I wonder why this Chandrasiri made this complaint after about four months”, Mr. Perera said. (Ajith Siriwardana)