Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera lodged a complaint with the CID this afternoon, requesting an immediate investigation into an alleged conspiracy that was hatched at Temple Trees, which, if successful would have dealt a hammer blow to Sri Lanka’s democracy.
Minister Samaraweera, speaking to media outside the offices of the CID, said that he had handed over all the details of the alleged plan to the CID on the matter and he had also given a statement concerning the plan that was allegedly hatched by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother, former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, together with several other top officials of the government, to subvert the democratic process in the country in the wee hours of January 9.
He said they had been reliably informed of a plan which had been hatched at Temple Trees to suspend the Presidential election result and implement emergency law in the country, in the early hours of January 9.
“Part of the plan had been to surround the Elections Department using military personnel from the Panagoda camp and bend the Elections Commissioner to their will and create a dangerous situation in the country,” he added.
However, he said that the brave actions of the IGP, Army Commander and the Attorney General, Yuvanjan Wijeyathileka, in standing up against the plan and refusing to follow the orders, ensured that democracy in the oldest democracy in Asia was preserved. (Lakna Paranamanna)