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* Buddhist monks urge Sri Lankan PM to make a statement on the heroin container
Tue, Dec 24, 2013, 10:56 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Buddhist monk organization Jathika Sangha Sammelanaya (National Sangha Council) demanded the Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne to make a public statement regarding the letter issued by his office to get a container of heroin released from the Colombo port.

The Chairman of Jathika Sangha Sammelanaya Ven. Rajawatte Wappa Thero said the Prime Minister's coordinating secretary who issued the letter had told media that he did so under instructions of the Prime Minister.

The Thero said the Prime Minister's argument that he had no connection with the letter could not be admitted.

Rajawatte Wappa Thero said that the way the funds were raised for the Provincial Council election campaign of Prime Minister's son Anuradha Jayaratne was also suspicious.

However, police say the Prime Minister is not connected to the attempt to smuggle hundreds of kilos of heroin to the country.

The coordinating secretary who issued the letter was removed from his post at the Buddha Sasana Ministry that is under the Prime Minister's administration.

Investigations are underway regarding the container declared to include bathroom fittings but contained 130 kilograms of heroin hidden in grease cans.

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