Sandya Ekneligoda who won an international award for her persistent struggle to seek justice for her disappeared husband claims that this is an attempt by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and future presidential hopeful Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s attempt to get these errant officers off the hook.
She noted that from an intelligence outfit comprising over 12,000 officers, only a mere 25 are facing charges and among them too many have been released on bail and some have even been reinstated.
Addressing the media in Colombo, Sandya Ekneligoda warned the Rajapaksas’ not to underestimate the whole state intelligence in order to safeguard a handful of them who have committed atrocities.
Mahinda Rajapaksa and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who met with a group of former military heads who are faciling allegations of serious human rights violations, had formulated a report which was handed over to President Sirisena which calls for immunity for the intelligence units to carry out their duties as they please.
“The duties of the intelligence forces is not to abduct unarmed people and make them disappear or abuse them and instil fear in them,” Sandya Ekneligoda said.
While the Rajapaksas’ claim that the Easter Sunday bombings could not be prevented because some intelligence officers are imprisoned and this has destabilised the intelligence network, the Prime Minister had admitted that it was due to a breakdown of coordination between the intelligence units.
However, the Army Commander is of the view that all those in charge of national security including the intelligence and political heads should take the blame for the Easter Sunday bombings.