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600 letters found at CME had nothing defamatory: Kiriella

3 May 2019 06:55 pm - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Referring to the arrest of three suspects attached to the Public Enterprise Development Ministry with 600 letters at the Central Mail Exchange (CME) in Pettah on Thursday, Minister Lakshman Kiriella said as far as he was aware the letters did not contain any racist ideologies or defamatory remarks against anyone or anti-government propaganda.

Issuing a statement, he said the contents of those letters was based on whether the responsible authorities had alerted the intelligence services on Easter Sunday's terror attacks.

“Since April 21, I have been away from the Ministry of Public Enterprises located at the World Trade Centre because of security concerns but however, I paid attention to those letters when relevant information was received,” the minister said. “Officials of my media unit had prepared these letters to be sent to the relevant bodies on their failure to alert intelligence services on the recent terror attacks. However, the letters contained nothing of defamatory or racist."

He requested the police to release the letters to the media just as they revealed the identity of those arrested.


  Comments - 5

  • Missaka Friday, 03 May 2019 07:27 PM

    It shame to be in your position now! How can you do that to head of your government!

    Susil Kolomba Tantrige Friday, 03 May 2019 07:38 PM

    This is not the due of Minister to do dirty work against any politician. Rather than passing the blaim, he should help in the investigation. Shame on you.

    Lion Friday, 03 May 2019 07:53 PM

    We read this article in the Colombo Telegraph and it gives lot of details of the pasku incident and this was the Sinhalese translation of it.If the article is defamatory government could go to courts. And as Kiriella says issue it to the public so people can have their say.

    Kiri-Ala Friday, 03 May 2019 08:14 PM

    Yes, release them so that we also can read them and give our verdict.

    Mahila Friday, 03 May 2019 10:22 PM

    Release the contents in full. Let the public be the judge. Who is the authority, which has found the contents to be defamatory? Is it a court of Law? Contents to be considered, defamatory, the contents should non-factual, causing damage to the reputation of the President.

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