Probe continues over alleged coup attempt

TempleTreesThe Government today said that it was still investigating allegations of an alleged coup attempt during the January 8 Presidential Elections.

President Maithripala Sirisena said that in his opinion there was no ‘conspiracy’ but some sort of discussion had taken place in an attempt to prevent the new government from taking power.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera had filed a police complaint alleging that former President Mahinda Rajapakse and some members of his government had attempted to stage a coup by using the military and the police.

Rajapakse however denied the claims and said that the discussion held at Temple Trees was only to ensure a smooth transfer of power to the new President.

“The investigations into this incident are still continuing,” President Sirisena said.

He said that there was information to the effect that there was an attempt by the former regime to impose a curfew soon after the Presidential Elections which Sirisena won.

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse had also been accused of allegedly being involved in the coup attempt but he had also denied the claims.


  1. No probe will be successful or will be completed due to time factor for the next election. Police will play double game and will try to delay the process.

  2. Remember that these allegation are against the President in power not someone trying topple the government. Basically the accusation is the Mahinda Rajapaksa attempted to prevent Yahapalana Achcharu government taking power.
    If you apply the same scenario to what Sirisena did to Mahinda: Sirisena pretended that he is the best friend of the President Rajapaksa while he is having secret meetings with UNP, TNA, Muslim congress and some foreign missions how to topple the government at the time. Why not we discuss this openly about “Sirisena coup” as this is also clearly a coup. Sirisena’s loyality to his boss was not acceptable too and very bad example as a Sri Lankan Buddhist.

    • What MR is accused of doing would be considered illegal according to any court in the world, under any constitution.

      What Sirisena did is 100% legal according to any court in the world, under any constitution of a democratic country. It would only be frowned upon in a dictatorship…which makes me wonder, are you implying that the Rajapakse govt. was a dictatorship?

      • Agree 100% with H, who has common sense. Feel sorry for Leela R’s comment, who mirrors an Ostrich brain.

    • These are not secret meetings, Ranil appointed Sirisena as their opposition common candidate because they have no choice but to find a candidate that is capable of dethroning the King from power.

    • Dear Leela R,

      I voted for Maithripala Sirisena. A majority of the people did. I can tell you that I am very happy with Maithri, and I’m proud that I voted the way I did.

      So, your argument is that this is an “Achcharu Government” (I disagree). You will, no doubt, further state that all who voted for MS were idiots / that they were misled, or charmed, or whatever, and possibly have repented their folly. And so, you imagine that Mahinda R. was justified in preventing the results of an election (in which if there was any ballot stuffing etc it was done by the incumbent), being acted upon.

      H and Abraham have already dealt adequately with the “moral aspect”. However, what you have said shows why the world is not willing to accept the “Sinhalese Version” of the war. There was a monster called Prabhakaran; YOU are his proxy.

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