All JO leaders will be arrested before referendum - Udaya


Gammanpila signing a document expressing consent for posthumous organ donation

The leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya Udaya Gammanpila yesterday, along with the members of the central committee and district organisers, signed papers expressing consent for posthumous organ donation.

This was done at the Hudson Silva Eye Donation Centre, and Gammanpila urged the members of the public to follow suit.

The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader said as the eyes had to be donated within four hours of a person’s death, the family members, and near and dear ones, should check whether there is a yellow card in the possession of a person who had just died and, if so, inform the Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society immediately.

Fielding questions from journalists about the arrest of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son and Hambantota District Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, Gammanpila said: "We predicted that. Before the upcoming referendum all Opposition members will be put behind bars thus creating a situation where even the Bhikkus will not be in a position to criticise the government."

Gammanpila said it was a travesty of justice that the marauding ASP Thushara Daluwatte, who slapped a journalist, injuring him, was at large, and those who had protested against the Hambantota Port and the Airport being given to a foreign company were behind bars. He added that those responsible for the bond scams would never go to jail.

He said it was the fourth time that Namal had been taken into custody and it wouldn’t be the last.

Q: The Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the bond scams yesterday summoned the General Secretary of the UNP and its Chairman to testify before the Commission.

A: They should be summoned no doubt. But the question is nothing further will happen to them. Only the Opposition activists are arrested even on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations.

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