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* Main opposition MP accuses Sri Lankan government of carrying out a witch hunt against him
Wed, Jan 22, 2014, 09:49 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 22, Colombo: Parliamentarian of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP), Mangala Samaraweera, who has been at the center of controversy over the alleged suspect who had broken into his house, says the government is engaged in a witch hunt against him.

Issuing a statement to media, Samaraweera said the government has been on a witch hunt against him since 2007 when he left the government.

"Having failed in successive witch hunts to discredit me since I parted company with the President in 2007, the Rajapakse regime seems to have embarked on yet another attempt to incarcerate and silence me by preparing to invoke an archaic Victorian law of the Sri Lankan penal code against me," he said.

The suspect arrested for breaking into the Matara district parliamentarian's Panadura residence and stealing a lap top and some liquor bottles has said that the MP had a sexual relationship with him and the items said to be stolen were actually gifts.

According to the police, the suspect has given a statement to the Police saying that he has had a sexual relationship with the single parliamentarian since 2010.

The opposition MP dismissed the suspect's accusations saying that the government is determined to destroy his political career.

"My private life, though private has never been a secret. My mother, my family and friends as well as most of my Parliamentary colleagues including my constituents whom I have represented with love and dedication for the last 25 years have appreciated my honesty and for never allowing my private life to get in the way of public service. However, today the Rajapakse regime, in preparation for provincial elections to be followed by Presidential elections seems to be hell bent on destroying me using the confused hallucinations of a misguided youth," he said.

However, Samaraweera said that he cannot be intimidated or silenced by such conspiracies.

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