President’s alleged security breach:
Namal blames PSD
Namal at CID HQ on Friday
The CID investigation on the alleged security breach of President
Maithripala Sirisena in Angunakolapelessa is trying to ascertain as to
how the Corporal of the Army Commando Regiment was allowed to move out
of the venue without checking his weapon after three eye witnesses
confirmed that he was in possession of a weapon at the time of detention
by the STF, police sources said yesterday.
Hambantota district MP Namal Rajapaksa when questioned by the CID on
Friday over the incident had reportedly defended himself putting the
blame on the Presidential Security Division for not carrying out their
duty properly, CID sources said.
He had told the CID that it was the duty of the Presidential Security
Division to screen people attending the functions of the President, the
The alleged security breach incident of President Maitripala Sirisena
was reported on April 25 at the SLFP district representatives’
conference in Angunakolapelessa.
The CID launched investigations on the alleged security breach
incident after it was reported that a soldier in civilian clothes
carrying a weapon was detected close to the President by the STF
personnel providing VIP security to President Maitiripala Sirisena at
the Angunakolapelessa meeting.
Later it was found that the Corporal attached to the Army Commando
Regiment who had carried a weapon to the venue was a part of the
security detail that went with MP Namal Rajapaksa to the conference. MP
Rajapaksa, according to sources, had told the CID on Friday that he had
taken the security details along with him to the venue but screening
them when entering the venue was the duty of the Presidential Security
He had also told the CID that Army Corporal in question had gone
there not in his vehicle but in his back-up vehicle.
The driver of the back-up vehicle providing security for MP Namal
Rajapaksa had given a statement to the CID that Corporal Senaka Kumara
had attended the meeting after putting his personal weapon in the
cubbyhole of the vehicle.
“Therefore, the CID teams investigating the incident assume that the
weapon in possession of the Army Corporal was illegal and they had
called for report from the Army about the details of the weapons issued
to the Army Corporal”, the sources added.
However, the Army is yet to submit the information to the CID.
The investigations have faced a snag as none of the STF nor PSD
personnel had checked the weapon in possession of Corporal Senaka before
he was allowed to move out of the venue.
The CID is conducting further investigations on the incident.
According to sources, the CID conducting investigations on the incident
is now in possession of three eye witnesses who had seen Corporal Senaka
Kumara, the Army Corporal in question, in possession of a weapon when he
was detained by the STF personnel close to the President.
However, he had been allowed to move out from the venue by the PSD
personnel without checking his weapon.