Heroin smuggling bid: PM’s aide resigns

Accuses Gampola UC member of complicity


Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne’s coordinating secretary, Keerthi Sri Weerasinghe, has claimed that he intervened on behalf of persons accused of smuggling in a consignment of heroin, as they were known to Gampola urban council member, Tharanga Wittachchi.

The Coordinating Secretary to the Minister of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs, Weerasinghe accused of allegedly directing the Customs to release a container of heroin, tendered his resignation to Prime Minister and the Minister of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs D. M. Jayaratne on Dec 9.

Weerasinghe said in his resignation letter that he wasn’t involved in any clandestine activity. He said that a letter was issued by him in good faith believing those accused of smuggling in heroin were genuine importers.

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