No evidence to charge anyone for 2015 alleged Coup – AG

ECONOMYNEXT – Attorney General Dappula de Livera has today informed the CID that there is “insufficient evidence” to file action against any person in the alleged attempted coup on January 9, 2015, when Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the Presidential Elections.

The investigation into the alleged coup began after MP Mangala Samaraweera filed a complaint at the CID six days after the elections alleging that Rajapaksa tried to “suspend results and implement emergency law.”

In his complaint, Samaraweera had stated that the former President, the then Secretary Defense Gotabaya Rajapaksa, then Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, Prof G L Peiris and Udaya Gammanpila were involved in this attempt.

Samaraweera had alleged that Rajapaksa had tried to “annul the results and subvert democracy.”

Today the AG’s spokesman Nishara Jayaratne released a statement that said: “AG informs Director CID that there is insufficient evidence to proceed against anybody in respect of complaint lodged by MP Mangala Samaraweera on 14.01.2015 pertaining to a purported Coup shortly after the election in 2015.” (Colombo January 31, 2020)