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By Jamila Najmuddin

Investigations into the alleged plot to assassinate President Mahinda Rajapakse are still continuing and several suspects have been arrested in this regard, a top Defence Official told Daily Mirror Online.

Director General of the Media Center for National Security Lakshman Hulugalla however refused to divulge further details into the investigation where the government had earlier alleged that former Presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka was part of the plot which was hatched at a leading hotel in Colombo.

Meanwhile Tourism Minister Achala Jagoda had met with the management of the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel on Tuesday to discuss the episode which developed at the hotel premises a day after the Presidential Election, a tourism Ministry official said.
The Minister had explained to the management, the dangers which would have overshadowed the country’s tourism industry if any incidents had taken place.

 “Sri Lanka just began to enjoy the freedom by defeating three decades long terrorism and we have to be very careful about the country. You should have informed the defense authorities of such a move as people in business, as well as responsible citizens of the country. Stability of the country and the country’s economy should always be respected by everyone,” the Minister told the hotel management, a release issued by the Tourism Ministry said.

Minister Jagoda had also emphasized that Sri Lanka is now in a turning point as the western countries had begun to consider Sri Lanka as one of the best tourist destinations of the world and that the country needed to develop that positive image and not party to any activities that might tarnish the image of the country.

Meanwhile, according to the state media, 37 people are already being held in connection with the assassination plot and most of those detained under the emergency regulations are military officers. Those being held include a brigadier, a colonel, army deserters and four civilians.

Reports in the state media further said that twenty-three of the suspects had been arrested in a raid on the office of the defeated presidential contender, General Sarath Fonseka and the police were also holding two Tamils, accused of supplying arms said to have been found in a central Colombo temple.

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  • Friday, 05 February 2010 12:06 AM

    This is the joke of the century.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 02:22 PM

    Banda don't laugh. This is Fredrick Forsyth stuff. Retired Army Officers, Five Star Hotels, Army deserters. Hey where are the Mercenaries and the arms? Good stuff man. Fiction at its best. Now who is going to write the book?

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 03:01 PM

    There is a famous say in Sinhalese, Even the Iguana looks like
    a pig, when you really want to eat Pork.

    Ha haaa here we eat Deval Pork

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 04:34 PM

    Really? Are you talking from your mouth or the other end?

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 04:38 PM

    He is not "poor". He has a wealth of more than 60 million citizens. More importantly, he is the only hope of poor us.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 04:43 PM

    The country should be run by honest and educated people.
    As long as the masses remain un educated Sri-Lanka will
    remain in this low state. This is a ploy of the politician who
    thrives in this present condition when the people are blindand no better.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 04:43 PM

    Don't's only an investigation. When some says that a famous hotel located at the heart of the capital is a safer hiding place,and wanted to hide with hundreds of people in 70 rooms, anybody would suspect him.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 04:57 PM

    Ruki, do respect our great Comedy Artistes and don't call them by such a common term as "jokers"! Such leaders will provided our country with great foreign revenue when they permanently lose the GSP+ so we must bestow great titles of honor upon them! ;-) Calistus I'm sorry but witnesses can prove that many weeks ago I have suggested such a movie idea, so I'm sorry but I claim production rights of that move! Events of many months culminating in 26 January midday, will make the first movie, and the sequel is from the events of 26th January midday onward!

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 05:28 PM

    Yes its truth, He need to have more poor people like you in this country. That is their servive , nothig els friend

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 05:28 PM

    Assasinate which president? Real one or the fake one.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 05:57 PM

    I hope the hotel management didn't bow-down to such interference: "Should have informed the defense authorities of such a move ... " Oh, that's rich! Now all hotels have to report whenever a large group checks-in and pays upfront! (Airlines & bus tours too?) Some 'tourist destination' THIS is going to turn out to be! Imagine: "Sir/madam, thank you for patronizing our hotel, you have a large group, so if you insist on paying immediately, I will have to report you!"

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 06:15 PM

    A load of rubbish!

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 06:19 PM

    There are no traitors, Aranga De Silva! This is a pack of lies, to divert the attention of the public.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 10:09 PM

    Contenders become 'traitors' while KP, Karuna, Daya and George become 'patriots'?

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 02:04 PM

    LOL :)

    Friday, 05 February 2010 12:26 AM

    All these people were once 'ranaviru' heroes to them.

    Friday, 05 February 2010 05:24 AM

    Unfortunately Ron, people in this country do not have much sense. MR an his people know that.

    Friday, 05 February 2010 05:27 AM

    Be careful sajith..... Weera wimal might accept.

    Friday, 05 February 2010 05:28 AM

    You guys are so bainwashed that you'll believe anything the President says.

    Friday, 05 February 2010 05:51 AM

    what do suggest ayanthi, all these are lies but the election fraud is true???

    Friday, 05 February 2010 06:38 AM

    Nobody is going to kill the president these are dame lies and there are no conspirators .governmet is trying to draw the attention of the people to cover up elections malpractices and rigging.

    Friday, 05 February 2010 07:31 AM

    Fiction Story book stuff to dupe the likes of Aranga. We don't believe the state media ever as they are a pack of deceits.

    Friday, 05 February 2010 07:44 AM

    To destroy Gen Fonseka's family they need some made up stories to justify their act. Sri Lanka is not a place for a honest & strait forward people. They need people who always say ''Yes Sir'' ''Yes Sir''

    Friday, 05 February 2010 07:56 AM

    Ranawiruan becomes traitors, what a pathatic situation Sri Lanka is?? how long we have to suffer??

    Friday, 05 February 2010 09:32 AM

    is it?

    Friday, 05 February 2010 10:27 AM

    chandapala , how do you knw this is joke, wait and see

    Friday, 05 February 2010 11:14 AM

    No, No, It is Monitor Lizard look like iguana when one wants to eat.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 11:10 AM

    joke indeed

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:03 AM

    Lies, Lies and more lies. When will this stop? Its about time the Govt is brought to task about misleading the public with their fabricated stories.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:08 AM

    If the President is guilty of his actions, then he will have to fear. otherwise..... atleast he should correct himself without trying to take revenge.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:09 AM

    Are Lankans to beleive this story?

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:10 AM

    This is another drama, staged by UPFA to gain sympathy from the masses.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:15 AM

    Don't play baba games with us. We are not fools like the bunch of Ministers who are inthe cabinet.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:16 AM

    The witch hunt continues, creating more division between the Sinhalese Majority when the need is to get together and steer forward the Sri Lankan Nation. By fighting with eachother we will not relish the dream of defeating the LTTE.This paves the way to a more devided country when this is not need.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:20 AM

    The truth of the new is never on the news.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:39 AM

    One time we all incldg president were not secured due to LTTE oe some tamils activities. Now this much serious and still we are not safe in this country.

    How can we celebreate independance. Some says Englishman got independance in 1948 and Ceylon or Sri Lankan.

    This I see manyly dirty politics and all must get as one and must eliminate this dirty games, whether SF or MR or RW or Soma or any people. All of these guys are adult and gone above fifty years of age and should keep example to young leaders, the best and good conducts for the future of our country..

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:57 AM

    These things wil continue until arresting SF.that is d target.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:58 AM

    ...assassination...hic..hic ...hic...ha...ha...haa...haaaa.. I just can't stop laughing. One of the best post election jokes !

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 10:22 AM

    Does any sane person believe this rubbish? Obviously govt is on a witch hunt because they want to arrest General.They call him the losing candidate but they seem so scared of him.
    The dept of national security's latest job seems to be dishing out fairytales to the media.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 10:35 AM

    This is what we get when we have jokers as our leaders!

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 11:01 AM

    If made into an action movie, this fictional story might surpass "Conspiracy Theory" and may even go on to win the first ever Oscar for Sri Lanka.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:00 AM

    Traitors who tried to kill the President must be brought into justice.......

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 11:16 AM

    Who in their right mind will believe all this garbage dished out by the so called patriots?

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 11:21 AM

    Another teledrama in making....unfortunately famous director Wimal weera.. is not helping with the script....

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 11:37 AM

    Why delay.. arest SF and finish d mission.

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 11:56 AM

    I can never trust any statement made by thi government. Thre is a hidden agenda,behind everything they say or do.Why are we being taken for such a ride?

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 11:58 AM

    Stand in front of the mirror and shout out LOUDLY - ASSASSINATION!!! Cant stop laughing too. So every hotel in this country must inform Defence Ministry everytime a opposition member enter there HOTEL, eh????? What a joke!!! Wonder which school he went to???

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 11:58 AM

    Self created to fool the mass and divert the attention from the election fraud and win some sysmpathy for his party for the upcoming GE. People with some sense will not get caught to this..

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 12:00 PM

    nice one mr.banda.....LOLZZZZZZ

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 12:14 PM

    why should'nt anyone check in to a hotel if they want to? It is the goverment that ated irresponsibly by sending in the army to surround it

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 12:27 PM

    Oooh !! Here we go again !!

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 01:00 PM

    They just want to RETAIN those 37 people until general election is finished under emergency law without any charges. No any constructive evidence were found so far

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 01:11 PM

    No body want to kill this poor fellow

    Thursday, 04 February 2010 01:49 PM

    i am offering 100000 Rs for real proof

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