Armed forces will be protected: Gotabaya

Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa pledged to protect the armed forces.

“I will protect and provide welfare to the armed forces under my leadership.”

Rajapaksa was speaking to families of soldiers at an event yesterday (25).

The former Defence Secretary also raised concerns on actions being taken against military intelligence officers over various allegations.

“Intelligence officers have been accused of human rights violations and have been imprisoned. The country’s intelligence service has been destroyed,” he said.

He said attempts were being made to take the troops before an international court and accuse them of committing human rights abuses.

He went on to say that western countries had raised concerns over Army Commander Shavendra Silva’s appointment. He said the appointment was a sovereign decision and that foreign entities need not interfere in the Country’s affairs.

Mahinda Rajapaksa speaking at the event said soldiers never protested during the Rajapakse regime.

“Ranil and Sajith will accuse you(army) over human rights violations but our Government will protect you,” Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

(Source: The Morning)