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President warns Police not to harass military officers

President Maithirpala Sirisena has warned Police Chiefs and related authorieis not to take action against Military Officers in a manner that would cause embarassment to them.

President Sirisena had spoken to them on 11 September and apprised them of his decision.

this comes in the wake of summons being issued on former Navy Chief and Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne by the Criminal Investigation Department.

Meanwhile, a group of politicians in Government has also expressed their displeasure over the decision to summon Admiral Wijegunaratna to the CID. They say this was an attempt embarass and disrespect the Armed Forces. They have also said that an influential Minister in the Government and certain NGOs had a hand in this.

Admiral Wijegunaratna was summoned by the CID on 11 September to obtain a statement for allegedly providing a hideout to former Ltd. Col. Chandana Prasad who was a suspect in the case of the disappearance of 11 youth in the Kotahena area. However, he was out of the country on a Presidential directive.

Minister of Ports and Shipping, Mahinda Samarasingeh told a media briefing that Admiral Wijegunaratne had flown to Mexico on an official visit and refuted allegations that the CDS had fled the country. The Minister said if Admiral Wijegunaratne was required to give a statement to the CID, he would do so without any hesitation.

Author: TELO Admin