The arrest of UNP Parliamentarian and former Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and 11 other senior UNP members and lawyers was based on political orders, making it clear that the Sri Lankan Government was taking political prisoners Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said a short while ago.
Addressing a rare press briefing during which he declined to take questions as he faces another leadership crisis within the UNP, Wickremesinghe said the police was remanding UNP activists on bailable offences because their orders were coming from above.
“Mangala has arrested the police investigations from the very day after this incident occurred,” the UNP Leader said, referring to the Matara intra-party clashes on October 5.
Wickremesinghe said according to the UNP’s information, police was moving to arrest Samaraweera because the orders were coming from elsewhere.
“When the police asked the magistrate to give an order for Mangala’s arrest, the Magistrate said there was no need of that since he has been available since the incident – the magistrate said if you have evidence, bring him to court,” Wickremesinghe said.
Since this a politically motivated arrest, Mangala is a political prisoner, the UNP Leader charged.