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CID interrogates 4 Sri Lankan MPs over attack on protesters on temple trees

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Sri Lankans shout anti-government slogans during a demonstration outside the President’s office in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Representational image) (Photo: AP/PTI Photo)

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Colombo: A team of officials from Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) questioned four MPs, including former ministers Rohita Abegunawardana and CB Ratnayake, over the violence near Temple Trees and Galle Face Green in Colombo on Wednesday, a local media reported.

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The probe team reached the Parliament premises on Wednesday morning with the permission of the Speaker to record the statements of the ministers. Earlier he recorded the statements of Sahan Pradeep and Sanjeev Edirimane.

Colombo Page reported that the investigation team recorded the statements of four MPs following a notice issued by the court.

A team of CID officials also visited Parliament on Tuesday and took statements of several MPs.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General on Monday directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of the CID to immediately arrest and present 22 people, including former minister Johnson Fernando and DIG Deshbandhu, in court. Tenakoon in connection with attacks on peaceful protesters in front of the Temple Trees at Maina Go Gama in Colombo and Galle Face Green in Gota Go Gama on May 9, Colombo Page reported.

More than 100 protesters were injured at the Galle Face protest site during violent clashes, resulting in the country’s tri-forces order on 12 May to shoot at sight all those who looted public property or caused personal harm.

Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence, with food and fuel shortages, rising prices and power cuts affecting large numbers of citizens, resulting in massive protests over the government’s handling of the situation. Huh.

The slowdown is attributed to a decline in tourism during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a lack of foreign exchange due to reckless economic policies, such as last year’s government ban on chemical fertilizers to make Sri Lanka’s agriculture “100 percent”. Steps were taken to ban. organic”.

Amid the political and economic crisis, Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa, who had earlier called for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation before taking over as Prime Minister, has written an open letter to the President asking him to take over as Prime Minister of Mr. are ready. Lanka if Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigns within a stipulated time after Premadasa assumes office.

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