Defence Secretary not IGP determines security for politicians under threat - Salley

By Zacki Jabbar

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) was powerless and the security of politicians who faced threats, was determined by the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, newly elected Central Provincial Councillor, Azath Salley said yesterday.

He told The Island that his request for protection from the IGP during the recently concluded Provincial Council Election had been turned down with the reply, "Ask the Defence Secretary".

Salley said that he had wanted security from the IGP, due to the recent baseless allegations levelled against him by the government.

The IGP was powerless, he said, pointing out that unless all the Independent Commissions including the Police Commission were re-established, the IGP would remain a mere figurehead.

The same was true of the Elections Commissioner, Salley said. His directives to ruling party politicians who had blatantly violated polls laws time and again had been ignored, he said.

 He noted that the international observers who had observed the Northern, Central and North Western Provincial Council Polls had also called for the re-establishment of the Independent Elections Commission, which the Rajapaksa regime abolished against the people’s wishes, by bulldozing legislation through parliament, in the most unethical manner.

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