it’s a lie that Viyath Maga lecture contained UNP economic policies – Ajith Prasanna it’s a lie that Viyath Maga lecture contained UNP economic policies – Ajith Prasanna
May 25, 2018

A retired major replies on Gotabhaya’s behalf Featured

Fearing that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa will be the presidential candidate, some are slinging mud at him, says retired Maj. Ajith Prasanna.

He was speaking at a media briefing organized by the War Heroes for the Motherland yesterday (24) at the Centre for Society and Religion.

Prasanna said Gotabhaya was not responsible for the abduction and murder of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda.

Ekneligoda was not a journalist

He also questioned as to whether Ekneligoda was a professional journalist, also saying that he had never attacked the then government.

On the other hand, there were journalists like Iqbal Athas, Victor Ivan and Siri Ranasinghe who were strong critics of the government who should have been abducted.

Who would accept if it is said that Ekneligoda was abducted merely because of a cartoon?, he asked.

Attempts were also made to implicate Gotabhaya in the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge.

However, Wickrematunge’s brother later complained to the UNHRC that Sarath Fonseka was responsible.

Ranil Wickremesinghe and other UNP leaders, then in the opposition, are quoted in the Hansard as saying that Fonseka killed Wickrematunge, Maj. Prasanna claimed.

It is clear Keith Noyarh was abducted and assaulted by Fonseka, as that journalist was a strong critic of him, but he had never written against Gotabhaya.

Despite all these evidence, the CID is pointing the finger at Gotabhaya, he charged.

A commercial agreement

Also, minister Mangala Samaraweera is accusing him of swindling money from the D.A. Rajapaksa memorial etc., but the D.A. Rajapaksa Foundation has paid all the due in two installments to the Land Reclamation Board as per a commercial agreement between the two, he said.

Gotabhaya ended the war, eliminated terrorism and gave life to all the people
without a difference, but persons like Mangala, Malik Samarawickrama and Anura Kumara Dissanayake are frightened of him, said Prasanna.

It is another lie by persons like the UNP theoretician Malik that Gotabhaya’s Viyath Maga lecture contained their economic policies, he added.