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Investigation called for on Riyad Bathuideen’s release – Minister Chandrasena

AMILA PRABHATH WANASINGHE, ANURADHAPURA ADDITIONAL COR.
AMILA PRABHATH WANASINGHE, ANURADHAPURA ADDITIONAL COR.

Lands Minister S. M. Chandrasena called on the Government to conduct a fair inquiry and dispel any doubts about the release of Riyad Bathuideen.

He said that it is necessary as a government to dispel the doubts of the public, and as the ruling party Parliamentarians, they also find it important to conduct a proper investigation into the release of Riyad Bathuideen.

He was speaking at a media briefing at his residence in Anuradhapura yesterday.

“Many rumors circulated in this regard during the previous government. Even the Police Spokesman cast several allegations against him. The Spokesman now says Riyad was acquitted and released because allegations against him have not been proved. So it is reasonable to have doubts among the public in this regard,” he said.

Minister Chandrasena said that even Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said that he has doubts regarding the matter. Therefore, 100 Parliamentarians signed a letter opposing the release of Riyad Bathuideen and submitted the list to the President and the Prime Minister, he said.

The Minister said that an independent committee and another set of police officers should be appointed to investigate the matter and rectify the doubts directed towards the Government. Minister Chandrasena said that it is a well-known that the Government, the President and the Prime Minster never took actins to release Riyad Bathuideen, and if any issue was caused in this regard, it is the police officers who investigated the issue.

The Minister said that the 20th Amendment will be passed with a majority in Parliament.