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US should monitor citizen Gotabhaya's conduct - Samaraweera

[TamilNet, Friday, 02 March 2007, 12:49 GMT]
Former Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera alleged Thursday that Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Ghotabhaya Rajapaksa is an American citizen and the US government must monitor his conduct against freedom of media in Sri Lanka.

Mangala Samaraweera
The former minister in the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government, sacked by President Rajapakse accused SL President Rajapakse's brother Gotabhaya Rajapakse as responsible for the recent harassment of journalists. Mr. Gotabhaya's behaviour was a violation of US laws as well, noted the former Sri Lankan Foreign Minister.

Samaraweera came with these remarks at a press conference held Thursday in the parliamentary committee room at the Sri Lanka Parliament complex.

A section of the UPFA government is attempting to crush the freedom of the press by intimidating media persons, he said.

The press meet was convened to expound the present trend of the government where he informed that he will be suing Gotabaya Rajapakse, the Secretary of Defence and the Sinhala daily Divaina for deformation.


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