Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today claimed that several foreign funded NGOs were behind the arrest of his second son, Yoshitha, along with several others.
In a statement issued to commemorate the national independence day of Sri Lanka that falls tomorrow, Rajapaksa said; “It was reported in the press that the leaders of several foreign funded NGOs had met leaders of the present government and insisted on the arrest of members of my government on corruption charges before the 4th of February this year. It is not surprising that such agents of foreign powers would see some symbolic value in jailing members of a government that won the war against terrorism before Independence Day. My son Yoshitha, my Press Secretary Rohan Welivita, Nishantha Ranatunga and two directors of the CSN TV Channel Ravinath Fernando and Kavishan Dissanayake have been arrested under an omnibus provision in the Criminal Procedure Code enabling the police to arrest individuals to conduct investigations.”
He further noted that as Sri Lanka marks the 68th year of independence from foreign powers, “I wish to pledge before the people of Sri Lanka that even if my entire family and I myself am imprisoned, I will not deviate from the path of reasserting our national independence, ensuring the territorial integrity of our motherland, restarting the stalled process of economic development and re-establishing our national self respect.”
While elaborating on the war that was won in May 2009 against the separatists, Rajapaksa noted that due to the actions of certain conspiratorial forces, even this respite was short-lived.
“Since 8 January 2015, we are once again being used by foreign powers for their purposes. The separatists who could not achieve their aims after nearly four decades of terrorism, now hope to achieve their aim with the help of these foreign powers. Since last year there has been an unending procession of foreign dignitaries visiting their latest ‘conquest’. Due to the influence of these foreign powers, dangerous LTTE detainees have been released and members of the armed forces have been arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Furthermore, plans are afoot to prosecute our war heroes for war crimes,” he said in the statement.