The president meets heads of media institutions The president meets heads of media institutions
Sep 14, 2018

What the president says about arresting military personnel Featured

President Maithripala Sirisena has summoned and reprimanded top officials of the police and the attorney general’s departments over the remanding of military personnel arrested over various charges without filing court cases against them.

Speaking to heads of media institutions in Colombo today (14), president Sirisena said he especially took up the failure of the two state departments in initiating legal proceedings into the killing of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga, disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda and the abduction of 11 youths.

Referring, in answer to a question, to an emergency cabinet meeting he held yesterday, the president said it was an occasion of a democratic dialogue where divergent views were expressed.

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He said there was an opinion that the chief of defence staff was going to be arrested without recording a statement from him.

Speaking further, the president said national security has not been weakened in any way under the present government.

He noted that the highest budgetary allocation was for the defence ministry, and said only a reorganizing of the military was taking place in a country now free of war.

New proposals to the United Nations

He also said Sri Lanka would submit a new set of proposals to the annual sessions of the United Nations on September 25.

A statement issued by the presidential secretariat quoted him as saying that those included obtaining concessions when implementing the recommendations of the UNHRC and without compromising the country’s sovereignty and security and dignity of the three armed forces.

When asked about a reported attempt on his life by a top police official, president Sirisena said an investigation was underway.

Commenting on the free trade pact with Singapore, the president said a committee of experts would look into the issues raised.

He said that if that committee recommended that the FTA would be bad for the country, he would take the responsibility of ensuring that those negative impacts are negated.