Nov 21, 2017

Bond commission denies tapping MPs' phones Featured

A presidential commission has refuted reports that the telephones of MPs and others had been tapped and the conversations recorded in the course of investigations into the Treasury bond issues.

The commission says in a statement that most insinuations in the political circle with regard to persons said to have had telephone conversations with Arjun Aloysius and Arjun Mahendran are incorrect.

On the commission’s orders, the police inspected the mobile phones and other electronic devices only of the two, which revealed details of the persons who have conversed with them.

As the Attorney General’s Department determined it to be relevant, the identities of these persons were established.

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The commission says that at no time, the content of their conversations submitted to it.

Previously, MP S.M. Marikkar described any tapping of politicians’ telephone as a blatant violation of democracy and privacy.

Yesterday (20), leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella tabled in parliament a list of the 28 COPE members, including its chairman, who have had telephone conversations with Arjun Aloysius as well as the numbers of calls taken.

Sujeewa Senasinghe has taken 62 telephone calls to Aloysius, followed by Harshana Rajakaruna and Hector Appuhamy (23 each) and Dayasiri Jayasekara and Ajith P. Perera (two each).

Kiriella said it was wrong to publicize details of an MP’s privilege to communicate with voters.

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