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* ACMC Leader holds President responsible for withdrawing security amid assassination plot on him
Thu, Dec 6, 2018, 11:58 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 06, Colombo: Leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress and former minister Rishad Bathiudeen said if any danger befallen on him President Maithripala Sirisena should be held responsible for withdrawing his entire security details amid an assassination plot on him.

Addressing the media immediately after giving a statement to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on the alleged plot to assassinate him, MP Bathiudeen said that he informed the CID that if anything should befallen on him, the President, as the Minister of Defense would be responsible for withdrawing his security.

The ACMC leader revealed that a taped conversation between Director of 'Dushana Virodhi Balakaya' Namal Kumara, and a resident in France Thushara Peiris, that was aired many times by media Channels mentioned about the assassination of 'Minister Rishad Bathiudeen during a ceremony in Batticaloa.

According to MP Bathiudeen, accusations have also been made against the French resident Thushara Peiris that he had provided funding/financing to Director of 'Dushana Virodhi Balakaya' Namal Kumara to assassinate the Minister and place the blame on it on the Tamil Community.

Following the revelation, the then Minister of Law and Order Ranjith Madduma Bandara, at a Press Conference, had stated that a wide-ranging investigation would be carried out in this regard.

As a result, ACMC MPs lodged a complaint with Colombo Police HQ on 23 October on the alleged plot against their leader Bathiudeen. ACMC Leader was thereafter summoned by the CID on 6 December to give his own statement to CID on these developments.

Speaking of the assassination plot, ACMC Leader Bathiudeen MP said it started as an assassination plot on President Sirisena, but later developed to include his name too.

"I have no idea why anyone wants to assassinate me. But my entire security detail has been withdrawn-both the MSD and STF security details. At a time this plot was revealed and I am under threat, my security has been withdrawn. Therefore today I informed the CID that I am a Partly Leader, only Minister in the former Cabinet from the Northern Province, and a Vanni District MP. It is in such a background that my security was withdrawn," he said.

"The entire responsibility of withdrawing my security falls on President Maithripala Sirisena, since he is also the Defense Minister - and he is answerable should anything befall on me," the ACMC leader said.

MP Bathiudeen said he also informed the CID to fully investigate about the Namal Kumara incident. "I have full faith on them that they would fully investigate this," he added.


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