He said this in parliament yesterday.
Bathiudeen vehemently rejected allegations that he had exerted pressure for the release of the suspects.
“An unknown group had come to the house and taken away their son… I inquired from the police on two occasions. The Dehiwala Police said this person’s son was not there. Therefore, they appealed to me to inquire from the Army or the Navy if their son was in their custody. That is why I spoke to Minister Ruwan Wijewardena and he said if the police does not know, to ask the Army Commander if this person was in their custody. However, I only inquired if this person was in the custody of the Army. I never on any occasion requested for him to be released. That is a blatant lie. I only inquired from them as a humanitarian service to the family who came to me wanting to find out about their son…”