Did Mangala Samaraweera Compromise National Security? – Part I
Posted on January 25th, 2016

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The Rajapaksa regime killed the most important terrorists and incarcerated the rest planning and preparing attacks in Colombo. Those incarcerated are the most hardcore. The Attorney General’s Department Suhada Gamlath fought valiantly to prevent the release of the convicted terrorists and terrorist suspects unsuccessfully. With no idea of the threat of revival of separatism and terrorism in Sri Lanka, Ranil Wicjramasinghe and Mangala Samaraweera wants them released.

After having come to power with the vote of the Tamil National Alliance, the LTTE political proxy, did Mangala Samaraweera compromise Sri Lankan national security?  According to defence, military and police officers, Mangala Samaraweera did by calling LTTE suspects and convicts political prisoners.” As a champion of separatism and terrorism, M.A. Sumanthiran referring to separatists and terrorists as political prisoners” could be understood but Samaraweera referring to those in remand and prison for planned, prepared and executed terrorist attacks as political prisoners” puzzles everyone.   Then why is Mangala Samaraweera doing so – is to win the next election at the cost of damaging Sri Lankan security?

A TNA press release stated: TNA MP and Spokesperson M.A Sumanthiran visited the Anuradhapura Prison along with Provicial Council members Asmin Yakoob and Sanankiyan Sayandan today and spoke to the Political Prisoners who were observing a token fast demanding their release by the government today  . At the Anuradhapura Prison there were 36 prisoners observing the fast of  whom two had already been hospitalized. They vowed to continue the fast until the goverment released all Political Prisoners and requested that the public too join their cause.  The prisoners in relating their individual stories said that they had already served a much longer term which than their crimes warranted in the event they had been  convicted. They requested of  TNA MP and Spokesperson M.A Sumanthiran to take their cause with the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister on hearing the same said that he was awaiting a report from the AG’s department on thier stance on the Prisoners. TNA MP and Spokesperson M.A Sumanthiran reiterated the point he made last week in Parliament on the parties stand on the matter which is that All Political Prisoners be released as agreed by the government. In the event the government does not respond in the next few days they too would be forced to  join the prisoners in their fasting. Tamil National Alliance.”

It is not unusual for politicians to make promises – Ranil Wickramasinghe may have agreed! But after winning an election, in order to win the next election, Samaraweera continues to refer to terrorists and separatists as political prisoners.” Thereafter national newspapers, radio and television also referred to the killers as political prisoners.

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