Vote break for Sri Lanka criminal suspect candidates
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s police have agreed to a request from the elections chief to go easy on criminal suspects who are contesting up coming parliamentary elections.
The breather will, however, be valid till the August 17 elections and thereafter it will be business as usual by the police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
The announcement came a day after former Hambantota MP and former president’s eldest son, Namal Rajapaksa, announced over twitter that he had been called by the FCID for questioning on Wednesday.
"Another attempt to disrupt my campaign. I’ve been called to FCID on Aug. 12. In the end, all these election tactics won’t work," Namal Rajapaksa said on the micro blogger site.
Official sources said the government had already taken a decision not to carry out high profile arrests in connection with the Wasim Thajudeen murder investigation and the Prageeth Eknaligoda case.
In both cases, the CID has already identified the main suspects.
Contrary to earlier reports, local media suggested that Eknaligoda had been killed at a time when he was compiling a book on the Rajapaksa family.