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UNP to decide on CHOGM

2013 Oct 15

The United National Party (UNP) has decided to rethink its stand on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in light of what the party says is political revenge being meted out against the opposition.

Opposition UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe says the orders to arrest MP Mangala Samaraweera was part of an attempt to make Samaraweera a political prisoner.

He said that the orders to arrest the MP came from the “top” and was not based on the initial investigations carried out by the Matara police.

“Having the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka when there are political prisoners and when there is no independent police commission, independent judiciary or elections commission is a joke,” he said.

As a result Ranil Wickremasinghe says the UNP will need to reconsider its position on the Commonwealth summit to be held next month in Sri Lanka.

The UNP leader said that soon after the Matara incident Samaraweera had assisted the police in the investigations from the very beginning.

“The information we have received is that the decision to suddenly want to arrest Mangala Samaraweera came from the top and not the Matara police. The police had yesterday then wanted a court order to arrest him but the Magistrate refused to give the order and said if the police has evidence then arrest him. The police then surrounded his house. But his lawyer said he cannot be arrested without a warrant and that he will present himself to the police today,” Wickremasinghe said.

Wickremasinghe says there is an attempt to break the party but the party will not let that happen and will continue to fight such attempts. (Colombo Gazette)

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