Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today accused the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) of backing regime change in Sri Lanka.
Rajapaksa said that the US, EU and Britain had often accused his Government of human rights abuses but are blind to the abuses being conducted by the new Government.
“They wanted regime change. Once they put us aside they are very happy,” the former President said at an event in Ampara.
He says the removal of former Chief Justice Mohan Peiris by the new Government was undemocratic but yet the West is silent on the matter.
“When we did things they accused us,” Rajapaksa said.
He said that under his Government a Chief Justice was removed by conducting investigations and obtaining Parliament support while in the case of Mohan Peiris, his office was taken over and he was forced to resign.
Rajapaksa also said that Sri Lanka Freedom Party members have become the target of revenge acts by the Government.
He also refuted allegations made by the Government that he is one of the most richest people around and that he had made money when he was in power.
The former President said that the pro-LTTE diaspora is also involved in some of the unlawful acts being committed against him, his family and members of the former Government.
He says the diaspora promised to take revenge on him for defeating the LTTE six years ago and they are doing that by using the Government which is now in power. (Colombo Gazette)