Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, has issued a statement from the US, in response to a news item published in the newspapers based on a statement made by Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, that questioning of Sri Lanka’s former ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunge at the Dubai airport, while he was on his way to the US to meet him (Gotabhaya) and that the incident had jolted the Rajapaksas.
Rajapaksa has said: “This is another baseless allegation made by Rajitha Senaratne and some other politicians in the government about me.
“I don’t think that Weeratunga had any reason to meet me, but his private visits are not relevant to me.”
“I always believed that the most appropriate manner to answer the mudslinging by the government was for Weeratunga to return to Sri Lanka and make a statement to the police in response to the charges made against him.
“In an era where the law of the jungle prevails in the country, by not doing so as one despises the government, one gives credence to the mudslinging campaigns orchestrated by Rajitha Senaratne and the likes and provides them with an opportunity to continue with their favourites pastime.
“The government, during the last three years launched various investigations to discredit me. Rakna Lanka Security Service, MiG deal, Avant Garde Maritime Services etc and I have given evidence before these commissions and I am prepared to do so in the future as well.
“Hitherto, the government has failed to prove the said allegations against me and it is clear that it is still looking for more fresh ones to frame charges against me.
“I always served the country with honesty and integrity and if Rajitha Senaratne thinks that he can scare me with such investigations it is only a pipedream.
“What the government has not realised is that the masses are far ahead of the politicians and they will give the appropriate answer at the right time to a government which attempts to repress the masses.
“After I return to the country, I will answer these baseless allegations made against me.”