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Probe on Gota's alleged attempt

2015 Jan 29

The government has called for an investigation into an alleged attempt by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to create instability in the country over the next three months.

Cabinet Spokesperson and Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that documents related to the alleged attempt were handed over to the National Executive Council.

“Gotabaya Rajapaksa still has hopes to topple this government. Therefore I informed the National Executive Council to look into this matter as soon as possible,” the Minister said.

Senaratne further alleged that more than 400 military officials were also being trained at an army base in the North under directions from an Army Brigadier, who is an ally of the former Defence Secretary, in an attempt to create a fresh crisis situation in the north, and take advantage of it.

“We will not allow this to happen especially when this government is dedicated to take this nation forward and implement its 100 day policy,” the Minister said.

Soon after its victory at the January 8 Presidential Elections, the government lodged a complaint at the Criminal Investigations Department, alleging that the previous government had attempted to stage a coup.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera who lodged the complaint stated that former President Mahinda Rajapakse, his brother and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse, Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, former Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris and former government member Udaya Gammanpila had tried to attempt a coup and impose a state of emergency and continue in office by unlawful and illegal means with the help of the military. (Colombo Gazette)

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