ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has written to Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Stephen Twigg to investigate the murder of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MP Amarakeerthi Athukorale by a mob on May 09, Wickremesinghe told parliament on Friday (10).
Speaking at a vote of condolence on Atukorale held Friday morning, Wickremesinghe said an impartial investigation was needded into the MP’s murder and the retaliatory violence that ensued on May 09 after supporters of ex-PM Mahinda Rajapaksa launched an unprovoked attack on peaceful protestors.
The private residences of various MPs – predominantly affiliated with the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) – were torched late into the evening across the country. Opposition MP Kumara Welgama – a prominent and early critic of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa – also came under attack in the outskirts of Colombo that evening.
Wickremesinghe told parliament that, based on information he has received, the arson and other attacks were carried out mostly be unknown parties who had come from outside.
“It wasn’t residents of Homagama [that attacked Welgama]. The residents actually came forward to rescue him. These were people who had come from elsewhere. Some of them have been identified. Their Facebook profiles were fake,” he said.
He said multiple investigations point to outsider involvement in the various incidents of violence that occurred on May 09, which has come to be known as Black Monday.
“We need an impartial investigation.
“If there is a question about doing it in Sri Lanka, I have written to Stephen Stigg, the general secretary of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and asked for an investigate the incidents including the attack at Galle Face. The other day, the parliament was surrounded. We have asked for an independent report,” he said. (Colombo/Jun10/2022)