Mar 21, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today rejected allegations made by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga that she was being harassed through illegal surveillance by state intelligence services.
Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, in a letter to the former President,, has responded to the accusations put forward by her toward the Government of harassment through illegal surveillance.
In the letter the President noted that the many allegations made by Ms. Kumaratunga in her letter against the Government, the Police and Intelligence Services of the country, are lacking even a shred of proof to justify such charges of a serious nature
"His Excellency the President wants you to be assured that there is absolutely no surveillance of your telephone and e-mail communications, and of your residences in Colombo and Horagolla," Weeratunga wrote.
President's Secretary said the President also observes that the timing of former President's letter, with an abundance of generalization, is intended to synchronize with the wholly unfair allegations against Sri Lanka being leveled by international forces in Geneva and elsewhere in the West today.
Full text of President's letter to the former President
Her Excellency Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga
27 Independence Avenue
Harassment of Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga through
I am directed by His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka to respond
to your above captioned letter of March 5, 2014 received in our offices on March 12,
His Excellency the President notes that the many allegations made by you in this letter
against the Government, the Police and Intelligence Services of this country, are lacking
in even a shred of proof to justify such charges of a serious nature.
The delay in this response is due to the need to make thorough inquiries about the
allegations you have made, to ascertain the authenticity of what has been said, in the
absence of the required evidential information, considering the nature of these
Although you make a number of allegations about the violation of your privacy,
causing harassment to you, raising concerns about your personal safety, as well as,
violation of your Fundamental Rights and impinging on your freedom of movement
and association, His Excellency the President observes that there is a total lack of
substance to warrant such allegations. In fact, what is set out is seen as a litany of
generalities, marked for being vague and unauthenticated.
His Excellency the President wants you to be assured that there is absolutely no
surveillance of your telephone and e‐mail communications, and of your residences in
Colombo and Horagolla.
It is seen that the one item on which there is some element of the time of occurrence in
your letter, is about your written complaint to the former Inspector General of Police,
Mr. Jayantha Wickremeratne, by your said letter of 10th October 2009, with regard to
"Visits" said to have been paid to several of your friends by officers who "introduced
themselves" as being from the NIB. It is seen that what you have stated causes genuine
doubt whether they were in fact officers or were from the NIB (at all). You would agree
that it is now several years after this complaint. Therefore, His Excellency the President
is surprised that as a former Minister of Defence who had control over the Police
Department, you did not bother to inform him at that time of this inadequate response
of the IGP, to enable an inquiry to have been held.
With regard to the statements you have made about NIB officers visiting and
interrogating the management of hotels you have visited, reporting on who attends
such meetings with you, and the alleged fear among hotel managements to the point of
your being unable to arrange personal events at hotels, His Excellency the President is
of the view that they are not supported by any evidence of time, place or persons. This
is the same with your statements about the alleged harassment of your long time
friends in the Kurunegala District who you say have cause for similar fears, and the
hotel at Anuradhapura where you were with foreign friends. His Excellency the
President further notes that none of these accusations stands the test of authenticity for
lack of evidence regarding both persons and places, as well as date and time. H.E the
President regrets that the absence of such necessary details to substantiate the
allegations you make, gives the impression that these are more imaginary than actual,
raising concerns about the seriousness of your complaints.
Excellency, you state of a situation of severe emotional and mental stress to you due to
the alleged intimidation of your friends and associates that is compounded by the
knowledge you claim to have of senior members of "our Party" and "our Government"
being asked by H.E the President to desist from talking or associating with you, during
the past 8 years of his Presidency. Here too, it is the view of His Excellency that it
would have been greatly helpful to establish the veracity of your claim, if even one such
person had been named.
His Excellency is most surprised by your reference to the "context of a culture of white
vans", as he is of the view that you should know better that such a "culture" arose
before your presidency, and continued during your entire presidency. Today, just as
this Government has defeated the terrorism that caused so much violence and
bloodshed, the white vans too are not any part of the political culture of this country;
except in the minds of those who are keen to tarnish the image of this country abroad to
suit the agenda of forces abroad that are ranged against this country.
His Excellency emphatically and wholly rejects your reference to a "prevailing practice
of destroying anyone who is considered a threat to the higher authorities of your
Government, by murder, 'disappearances' physical attacks," leading to "serious
reasons" to be concerned about your safety. He sees this as a statement of complete
untruth, which is proven by the large number of very prominent persons who are
strongly opposed to and openly critical of this Government and those holding the
higher offices in Government today. His Excellency notes that political and other social
leaders who oppose the policies of this Government are clearly seen to be active today,
in the peace and freedom that has been achieved. The allegations that you make in this
regard are again seen as being of the same nature as the charges made, both here and
abroad, by those who do not wish to see the strengthening of peace and achievement of
reconciliation. His Excellency states this should assure you of safety in whatever role
you may play in politics today.
His Excellency also wholly rejects the charges made by you in your letter of any
violation of your Fundamental Rights to movement and association, as well as the
charges of violation of your privacy, causing you any harassment, and giving you any
cause for concern with regard to your personal safety. As the Executive President of Sri
Lanka, he sees it as his bounden duty to ensure these freedoms to all citizens, and a
former Executive President of the country is not excluded in ensuring this reach of
With your references to the so‐called activities of the NIB, which he sees as baseless as
stated earlier, His Excellency also sees it necessary to remind you how members of
your own Presidential Security Division were involved in serious crimes during your
term in office. His Excellency is glad there are no such instances to point out today.
Also, Excellency, with regard to surveillance you have complained so much about, His
Excellency considers it necessary to remind you that although as a former President of
the country, you do have an official security detail, it remains the duty of the Police
Service to ensure your safety at public places. This is a standard rule both here and
abroad. His Excellency, therefore, considers it unwise to be overly sensitive to what
you describe as a "calculated strategy of surveillance" directed at you and your
associates, and in a manner that appears to have caused stress that is not merited by the
reality around you.
His Excellency wishes to convey that the Government is fully aware of the legal
provisions under the Police Ordinance with regard to the prevention of crime, and
therefore assures you that these provisions are and will be fully implemented against
anyone found to be violating the provisions of the law.
In conclusion, His Excellency also observes that the timing of your letter, with an
abundance of generalization, is intended to synchronize with the wholly unfair
allegations against Sri Lanka being leveled by international forces in Geneva and
elsewhere in the West today.
Secretary to the President