PM tells parliament CID will probe NYT exposè

By Saman Indrajith

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday that the CID would conduct an investigation into the matters raised by a recent report by the New York Times, which exposed a secret deal between the previous government and China and the latter funding the 2015 Presidential Campaign of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.The Premier said that the CID would commence its investigation on the basis of a complaint lodged with them by Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake.

The Prime Minister said that the Deputy Minister had first made his complaint to the police but it was later referred to the CID. 

Some politicians who speak high of democratic values while threatening journalists. "Those who speak of democracy should stop issuing threats to journalists first. Two local journalists who had assisted the New York Times to compile their expose are under threat. The New York Times’ International Editor in a statement has observed that the two local journalists who have assisted them in the investigation were threatened; he said adding that such threatening has tarnished the image of the country.  

"These people do this out of habit. When these fellows were in power, Lasantha Wickramatunga was killed. Ekneligoda was killed. Keith Noyahr and Upali Tennakoon were attacked. This habit is so much so that, they threaten New York Times while they are in the Opposition as well." PM Wickremesinghe said in reply to a question raised by UNP MP Marikkar.

 Wickremesinghe also requested the Joint Opposition to withdraw the threats they had made against media during a recent JO press conference.

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