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Tuesday, 10 December 2013 - 13:01
Update : Video : UNP states Premier should resign from his post or the JHU should resign from the govt
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The UNP has stated today in parliament that Prime Minister D. M. Jayarathne should resign from his post or the JHU should resign from the government regarding a letter being sent to release a container with drugs.

When UNP parliamentarian P. Harison was expressing his views in this regard Prime Minister D. M. Jayarathne also joined the debate.

Speaking at a press conference held in Colombo today, UNP Parliamentarian Ajith P. Perera also stated that the Prime Minister should resign from his post.

The JHU and the Bodhu Bala Sena organizations had also stated earlier that the Prime Minister should resign from his post in connection with this incident.

Speaking during a meeting held in Kandy yesterday, the secretary of the Bodhu Bala Sena organization venerable Galagodaththe Gnanasara thero expressed the following views in this regard.


Update : Friday, 13 December 2013 - 07:26
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UNP wants the Prime Minister to resign from the post

The UNP says that the Prime Minister should resign from his portfolio over the letter in connection with the duty waive demand for a container of heroin.

UNP MP Ajith P Perera made this demand during a media briefing held in Colombo today.

Earlier, the JHU and the Bodu Bala Sena also demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister from his post.

Update : Friday, 13 December 2013 - 13:04
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No evidence linking Coordinating Secretary and Town Councillor to container with drugs - says police

Police Narcotic Bureau stated today that according to the continuing investigations, neither the coordinating secretary of the Buddha Sasana Ministry nor the Gampola Town Council member is involved in bringing down the controversial container of heroin to this country.

Earlier allegations were leveled against a Prime Minister’s coordinating secretary who had issued a letter asking for duty waives to release a container of heroin from the Customs.

The Buddha Sasana Ministry announced yesterday that the particular coordinating secretary Keerthi Weerasinghe was not attached to the Prime Minister’s Office but to the Buddha Sasana Ministry.

Prime Minister D.M. Jayarathna also holds the portfolio of the Minister of Buddha Sasana, and Keerthi Weerasinghe had functioned as a coordinating secretary in the Prime Minister’s personal office.

The Buddha Sasana Ministry announced yesterday that Keerthi Weerasinghe was removed from his position, and Keerthi Weerasinghe also issued a communiqué later stating that Gampola Town Council member Taranga Vittachchi introduced him the particular Pakistani businessman whose name is involved in the heroin racket.

Our news team contacted Gampola Town Councilor Taranga Vittachchi over the phone and he said that the Pakistani businessman was introduced to him in Kuwait.

However, a Pakistani national and two others have been arrested by the anti narcotics squad of the police in connection with the drug container in question.

Police media spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana stated that the main suspect Sardari Khan has been arrested by the Pakistani police and preparations are being made to extradite him to Sri Lanka to face charges.

However, during questioning none of the suspects in custody of the Sri Lankan police have stated that the coordinating secretary and the town councilor are connected with the drug container.

Speaking to our news team a senior officer of the Police Anti Narcotics division stated that the suspects have been detained for further questioning.



Update : Thursday, 12 December 2013 - 7:28 PM
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Gampola Town Council member leaks secrets of heroin container

Gampola Town Councillor Tharanga Wittachchi, whose name was connected to the drug container, stated that the Pakistani businessman had duped the Prime Minister, the Coordinating Secretary and himself.

Gampola Town Councillor Tharanga Wittachchi stated that it was he who had introduced the coordinating secretary of the Buddhasasana Ministry, Keerthi Sri Weerasinghe to the businessman in question when they met him in Kuwait.

Earlier allegations were levelled that a coordinating secretary to the prime minister had issued a letter requesting the container with the drugs be released.

The Prime Minister’s office yesterday issued a statement saying that the coordinating secretary in question, Keerthi Sri Weerasinghe was not a secretary in the Prime Minister’s office and that he is a secretary to the Ministry of Buddhasasana.

Prime Minister D. M. Jayarathne also acts as the Minister of Buddhasasana.

However, Keerthi Sri Weerasinghe had acted as a coordinating secretary in the private staff of the Prime Minister.

The Ministry of Buddhasasana issued a notification yesterday that he has been removed from his post.

The Coordinating Secretary in concern, Keerthi Sri Weerasinghe has also issued a statement that Gampola Town Councillor Tharanga Wittachchi introduced the Pakistani businessmen to him.

Meanwhile JHU Leader Omalpe Sobhitha Thera said openly that the Prime Minister should resign, and should be arrested.

The Thera told our news team that he made a complaint to the IGP this morning.

However Police Media Spokesman said that the IGP has not received such a complaint as yet.

Update : Thursday, 12 December 2013 - 1:05 PM
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A complain from JHU's venerable Sobitha Thero to IGP to arrest the Prime Minister.

JHU leader Venerable Ohmalpey Sobhitha Thero has lodged a complaint with the IGP requesting that Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne be arrested.

That is based on the alleged incident that a Prime Ministerial Coordinating Secretary had sent a letter to have a container-load of narcotics released sans tax.

In this complaint Venerable Ohmalpey Sobhitha Thero has requested the IGP to speedily conduct an impartial probe into the matter.

Prime Minister’s Coordinating Secretary Keerthi Weerasinghe who allegedly issued the controversial letter asking the duty waive for a container of heroin has been removed from all positions he held at the Buddha Sasana Ministry.

The communiqué issued yesterday by the Buddha Sasana Ministry stated that Keerthi Weerasinghe had sought neither instructions nor permission from the Prime Minister beforehand.

Meanwhile issuing a separate communiqué, Prime Minister’s former Coordinating Secretary Keerthi Weerasinghe stated that Gampola Town Council member Taranga Vittachchi is a close associate of the businessman who brought down the heroin container.

He also stated in the communiqué that at the request of Taranga Vittachchi; the letter was addressed to South Asia Gateway Terminal, asking a duty waive for a container of bath room fittings.

Update : Thursday, 12 December 2013 - 8:18 AM
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Prime Minister's Coordinating Secretary removed from all positions

Prime Minister’s Coordinating Secretary Keerthi Weerasinghe who allegedly issued the controversial letter asking the duty waive for a container of heroin has been removed from all positions he held at the Buddha Sasana Ministry.

The communiqué issued today by the Buddha Sasana Ministry stated that Keerthi Weerasinghe had sought neither instructions nor permission from the Prime Minister beforehand.

Meanwhile issuing a separate communiqué, Prime Minister’s former Coordinating Secretary Keerthi Weerasinghe stated that Gampola Town Council member Taranga Vittachchi is a close associate of the businessman who brought down the heroin container.

He also stated in the communiqué that at the request of Taranga Vittachchi; the letter was addressed to South Asia Gateway Terminal, asking a duty waive for a container of bath room fittings.

Our news team contacted the Buddha Sasana Ministry Secretary M.K.B. Dissanayake to comment on the removal of the particular coordinating secretary from all positions.



Update : Wednesday, 11 December 2013 - 07:10
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Omalpe Thero replies to Prime Ministerial Secretary's letter


JHU Leader Omalpe Sobhitha Thera today responded to a letter received by him from Secretary to the Prime Minister S. Amarasekera.

Amarasekera had wrote to the Thera with regard to a statement made by the latter over a letter written by a Prime Minister’s coordinating secretary asking the Customs, a duty waive for a container load of heroin.

An official letter head had been used by the particular coordinating secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office to write the controversial letter.

Speaking at the Venerable Gangodawila Soma Thera commemoration ceremony held on Monday, Sobhitha Thera referred to the controversial letter of the Prime Minister’s coordinating secretary and demanded that the Prime Minister should be arrested in connection with the incident.

Chief Organizer of the Opposition MP John Amaratunga also drew the attention of Speaker in parliament to this statement made by Sobhitha Thera.

However, the letter sent by the Secretary to the Prime Minister to Venerable Omalpe Sobitha Thero states that the statement issued by Sobitha Thero had contained an allegation that the Secretary to the Prime Minister had issued letters requesting the container with the drugs be exempted from all taxes.

The letter also states that the thero had questioned as to why the secretary is not being prosecuted for that.

Elaborating further the letter sent by Secretary to the Prime Minister S. Amarasekara has stated that no one from the Prime Minister’s office including the Secretary to the Prime Minister had issued such a letter requesting the container with the drugs be released without any taxes.

He also states that there is only one prime ministerial secretary in the country.

Meanwhile, our news team inquired from the Secretary to the Prime Minister S. Amarasekara as to whether an inquiry in this regard will be carried out.

However, sources state that a letter requesting the container with the drugs be released without tax was issued on a letter head of the Prime Minister by a coordinating secretary from the Buddhasasana Ministry, in which the Prime Minister holds the ministerial portfolio.

Update : Wednesday, 11 December 2013 - 13:12 PM
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Bodu Bala Sena also demands the arrest of the Prime Minister     


UNP MP John Amaratunga urged the Speaker in parliament today to draw his attention to the statement made by government coalition JHU MP Omalpe Sobhitha Thera which demanded the arrest of the Prime Minister and Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs Minister D.M. Jayarathna.

A coordinating secretary attached to the Prime Minister’s Office had issued a letter recently asking the release of a container load of heroin from the custody of Sri Lankan Customs.

MP Amaratunga said in parliament today that Government members should also draw their attention to the statement as it has been made by a member of a government coalition.

When our news team contacted Omalpe Sobhitha Thera today to comment on his controversial statement, the Thera said that the stand on the demand to arrest the Prime Minister had not changed.

Meanwhile during a media briefing held in Colombo today, Bodu Bala Sena Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera also said that the Prime Minister should be arrested in connection with this incident.






Update : Tuesday, 10 December 2013 - 7: 03
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UNP questions over the statement to arrest the Prime Minister

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 - 13:01

Today is the 8th day of the committee stage debate on the 2014 budget.

Heads of expenditure of Traditional industries and small enterprise development, Agriculture, water resource management and industry and commerce ministries are being debated on.  

The UNP questioned in parliament regarding the statement made by a government coalition party to arrest the Prime Minister.

Chief opposition whip MP John Amarathunga stated that this statement was published in a newspaper.

MP John Amarathunga further stated that not even the opposition has insulted the Prime Minister in such a manner.

He also pointed out that it could give the wrong impression to other countries and also could have an adverse impact.
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