By Shamindra Ferdinando
Purawesi Balaya co-convenor Gamini Viyangoda alleges that what he calls the illegally constituted Sirisena-Rajapaksa government wants to sabotage investigations into several high profile accountability and mega corruption cases.
Dismissing President Maithripala Sirisena’s claims that he had invited his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa to take over premiership due to alleged conspiracy targeting him, Viyangoda insisted that both parties wanted to derail investigations.
Viyangoda alleged that President Sirisena had conveniently forgotten why he had been fielded as common candidate at the January 2015 presidential polls by a coalition comprising the UNP, the JVP, the SLMC and a collective of civil society organizations.
The civil society activist alleged that President Sirisena repeatedly interfered with investigations launched following the 2015 change of government. Viyangoda cited the case of President Sirisena thrice preventing the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) from arresting a former lawmaker (The Island withheld the name) close to the Rajapaksas for obvious reasons.
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