The disappearance of human rights activists, Lalith Weeraraj and Kugan Muruganandan has placed ex-Minister Keheliya Rambukwella in a muddle. However, Rambukwella, who was also the Government Spokesman during ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s tenure, has faulted the Ministry of Defence, claiming that he merely made a statement based on the information he received from the ministry in 2011 that they were both in government custody.
Rambukwella who appeared before the Jaffna Court on Friday to give evidence regarding the disappearance of the two human rights activities, who were also members of the Frontline Socialist Party went on to add that after giving his statement to the media that Lalith and Kugan were in government custody, he had ‘forgotten’ about the incident, and had no knowledge of what may have transpired after that, as he did not follow up on the incident.
The next hearing of the case was fixed for August 12.
The whereabouts of both Lalith and Kugan are still unknown, after they disappeared in Jaffna in December 2011, while organizing a press conference which was to be held to coincide with the International Human Rights Day.
Eye witness accounts said that both Lalith and Kugan were abducted by a group of men who came in motorbikes and a white van on the Point Pedro main road.