G.L. spoiled it – joint opposition charges!

Convening a media briefing at N.M Perera Centre in Borella on April 30, former foreign affairs minister Prof. Gamini Lakshman Peiris said the government, without concealing anything, should reveal the truth to the country with regard to the finding of high explosives from a house at Chavakachcheri. G.L. said the police have found five claymore mines, two suicide jackets, three bags containing C-4 explosives, mobile phones and five SIM cards. The most serious thing about his exposure is that he claimed the cache was to be brought to Wellawatte area.

 Commenting on this on the following day, prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said had G.L. known about the cache, he should first of all have informed police about it. Had he known for certain that the weapons were to be brought to a house at Wellawatte, he should have informed police without holding a media briefing about it, the PM said at the opening of a new building for the treasury.

Responding to questions at the cabinet media briefing, defence secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said he has ordered the CID to obtain a statement from G.L. regarding his remark. Commenting on a claim by MP Namal Rajapaksa that this was a threat to national security, state minister Sujeewa Senasinghe said, “Those people’s existence depends on making such statements.”

G.L. avoids giving statement

When the CID told G.L. yesterday (31) that a statement should have to be obtained immediately from him with regard to his statement, he said he could not be present at the CID on that day. Considering the importance of the matter, the CID offered to send a team to his house, but he avoided by saying, “No. No. I do not have anything else to say.” The CID has informed about this to the president, prime minister and the defence secretary.

It is the true that G.L. knows nothing else, other than having read out a statement given him by certain members of the joint opposition. By now, his statement has boomeranged on the joint opposition. Now they are saying, “Persons who can tell a lie convincingly, not a person like G.L. who cannot tell a lie properly, should not have been used.”

Anyhow, the CID says it will definitely obtain a statement from G.L.