Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the security given to former LTTE chief arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP) has not been withdrawn.
Wickremesinghe told Parliament that the security had been given on the instructions of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the new Government has not withdrawn that security.
The Prime Minister also assured that Rajapaksa has been given adequate security and also vehicles to be used by the military and policemen giving him security.
Wickremesinghe noted in detail the number of army and police officers deployed to provide security to Rajapaksa and also the number and type of vehicles given for this purpose.
He also said that measures will be taken to provide an official residence to the former President and also give him additional security if he decides to contest the next Parliament election.
The opposition had on Wednesday raised concerns over the security of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and urged the Government to address the issue.
Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) leader Dinesh Gunawardena, speaking in Parliament on Wednesday, accused the Government of failing to provide facilities to the former President.
He said that the Government has also not provided an official residence to the former President and this was seen as an attempt to prevent him from carrying out his duties. (Colombo Gazette)