Sri Lanka arrests soldier involved in VVIP security breach

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka has arrested a soldier involved in a security breach at a ceremony attended by President Maithripala Sirisena, police said.

EconomyNext exclusively reported on April 26, that an army corporal in civilian clothing who was said to be the personal bodyguard of MP Namal Rajapaksa was found inside the ‘sterile area’ at a meeting addressed by President Maithripala Sirisena, two weeks ago.

According to local media reports Rajapaksa had denied the soldier thatwas part of his securty detail, raising more questions on how an army soldier could penetrate two rings of presidential security.

The pair had apparently been waved into the sterile area without the mandatory body search. The incident had been described as the worst security breach involving VVIP security in 16 years.

Police said its criminal investigation department had probed the breach and arrested a solider in commando regiment on May 02. He has been placed in remand custody until May 12.


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