Colombo Telegraph

MR Given Extensive Security Despite His Complaints

Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne today said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been assigned way more than the number of security personnel and vehicles that have been stipulated to be assigned to an ex-President by the Supreme Court, although he constantly complains of the lack of security and vehicles facilities, and of how he is being ill-treated by the new government.

Minister Senarathne speaking at the Cabinet press briefing today said, “The SC has very clearly stated that an ex-President should only be given two official vehicles, a security vehicle, three drivers, fuel and an official residence. . .”

However, MR’s vehicle fleet currently includes: Two bullet-proof high security vehicles, one dummy vehicle, a Toyota land cruiser and a cab.

“These have been accepted in writing signed by MR’s secretary Lalith Weeratunga,” the Minister said.

The Minister said MR’s security detail includes a total of 213 military and police personnel and said three double cabs, two vans, eight motorbikes, one bus, a land cruiser and a cab has been assigned for the transportation of the security personnel.

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