Sri Lanka Express

Australian Diaspora Groups call for Restoration of  Mahinda Rajapaksa's Security


SLE News - Several Sri Lankan diaspora groups in Australia are appealing for the restoration of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s military security which was removed effective May 2 and replaced by police security.

In a letter to the Sri Lankan government, the groups said they were “extremely perturbed” by the decision to replace the elite Army Commando Unit with a police unit and called on the authorities to provide fitting security arrangements for the former president.

“Recent news originating from Sri Lanka shows that some LTTE terrorists are still active transporting suicide bomb kits etc.   Hence it is very clear that Mr Rajapakse would have to be considered as a prime target of this terror group,” the letter signed by Mr. Ranjith Soysa said.   

A spokesman for the former president said that 50 army soldiers assigned to Rajapaksa’s security have been ordered to report back to Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Headquarters.

State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene defended the move which has caused concern among Rajapaksa supporters and widely seen as a revenge tactic against the popular leader.

The minister was quoted as saying that the removal of army security was a decision taken by the Security Council and that all VIP protection duties has been assigned to the Police Department.

The removal of the former president's security comes in the wake of renewed concern over the resurgence of suspected LTTE forces in the north. 

Last month police in the Jaffna peninsula detained  45 suspects believed to be LTTE cadres. 
Full Text of Letter

UNITED AUSTRALIANS OF SRI LANKAN ORGANISATIONS
PO BOX 4066, MULGRAVE, VICTORIA 3175, AUSTRALIA, Telephone 03-97957143
08 May 2016

A REQUEST TO RESTORE THE ARMY COMMNDO UNIT SPECIALISED IN VIP SECURITY TO SRI LANKA ‘S FORMER PRESIDENT MR MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE TO AVERT A THRAET TO HIS LIFE.

We, The United Australians of Sri Lankan Organisations are extremely perturbed by the Sri Lankan Government’s recent decision to replace the elite Army Commando Unit that has provided personal security Mr Mahinda Rajapakse’s with a Police Unit.

Recent news originating from Sri Lanka shows that some LTTE terrorists are still active transporting suicide bomb kits etc.   Hence it is very clear that Mr Rajapakse would have to be considered as a prime target of this terror group.   

The existing cadres of the LTTE which suffered an ignominious military defeat under Mr Mahinda Rajapakse’s leadership and their local and external backers will not forgive or forget how Mr. Rajapakse comprehensively thwarted their attempt to establish a racist separate country and hence they will continue to target him.

Further, it has to be remembered that a number of popular Sri Lankan and international leaders who provided leadership in national liberation struggles against the dictates of the fascist forces were assassinated by those forces.

We believe that Mr Mahinda Rajapakse remains a popular leader and continues to play an integral role in the political stability of the country.  Furthermore we believe that a large number of Sri Lankans are extremely grateful to him for defeating the terrorism of the LTTE which has given them freedom, peace of mind and hope for the future. Hence, it is essential that he be provided with the most appropriate and fitting security arrangement for him to continue his political career and as a mark of gratitude for the peace and hope that his actions brought to all Sri Lankans.

We, therefore, humbly appeal to the Sri Lankan Government to re-assign the Army Commando VIP security Unit to provide security to Mr Mahinda Rajapakse.  We also appeal to other friendly nations to prevail on the Sri Lankan government to restore his security to it’s former level in order to avert the political instability that may arise as a result of any planned or opportunistic incident that endangers Mr Rajapakse’s life.

Ranjith Soysa
(Coordinator)

  • -Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka (Victoria)
  • - Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka (Queensland)
  •  -Western Australia Society for Peace, Unity and   Rehabilitation in Sri Lanka (WA)
  •   -Veera Parakramabahu Foundation Inc. (NSW)
  •  - Viru Daru Diriya Fund – Vic
  • - Viru Daru Diriya Fund (Victoria)

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