Govt. blames AG Dept. for delay in investigation

Investigation into ‘Jan. 09 conspiracy’

By Saman Indrajith

The government had not been able to go ahead with the investigations into the alleged conspiracy hatched on Jan. 08, 2015 to suspend the presidential election results as the Attorney General’s Department had delayed giving further instructions, Parliament was told yesterday.

Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayaka said the government was awaiting advice from the Attorney General on how to proceed with the investigations into the incident.

The Minister said so in response to a question raised by UPFA Colombo District MP Udaya Gammanpila, who demanded to know the outcome of the complaint lodged by Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera with the Criminal Investigations Department on 14.01.2015, requesting an investigation on priority.

Minister Ratnayaka said a complaint had been lodged and the relevant investigations referred to the AG for advice.

Asked why there had been a delay into a matter which the government had said should be treated as a matter of priority, the Minister said there were many such cases pending before the Attorney General and that was the reason for the delay.

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