Sep 14, 2018

Don’t inconvenience military members – president! Featured

President Maithripala Sirisena on September 11 summoned top officials of the police and other law enforcement agencies and ordered them not to inconvenience members of the military.

He told them to file court action against military officers arrested over various charges if there is evidence against them, without detaining them for no reason.

At an emergency cabinet meeting yesterday (13) too, president Sirisena said the law should take its course against arrested military officers without inconveniencing them.

He said that court action should be filed immediately against the accused in the abduction of 11 youths.

Ministers Champika Ranawaka, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Vajira Abeywardena, Gamini Jayawickrama Perera and Sujeewa Senasinghe spoke in support of what the president said.

Rajitha angers president

However, Rajitha Senaratne warned that making influences through the cabinet could discourage the officers who investigated murders, abductions, fraud and corruption that were committed during the Rajapaksa regime.

An excited Senaratne said that the government should not influence the law enforcement.

Angered by his remarks, the president tried to leave the meeting, but was prevented by Gamini Jayawickrama Perera.

The ministers have agreed not to reveal anything they had discussed at the meeting to the media.