President insists must probe allegations against army

MaithripalaPresident Maithripala Sirisena today insisted that the allegations raised against the army must be investigated.

He said that when a crime or incident takes place and there is a call from civil society and democratic institutions to investigate those incidents, the right thing to do is to launch an investigation.

The President said that if those incidents are not investigated then the security forces, the police, the Government and the country will face difficulties.

“Should we not free the country from those difficulties? Should we not free the army from the disrespect, should we not free the Government and country from that disrespect?” the President asked.

He said that the investigations however are not an attempt to target state intelligence officers or the security forces.

The President was speaking at a function held today to launch of the ‘Virusara’ privilege card and award of 100 scholarships, each worth Rs 50,000/= to war-affected children of the North and East and families of soldiers.

Sirisena said that the investigations will be conducted in the best interest of the country and to protect the image of the army.

The President also said that disregarding the concerns and distancing the country from the UN or the international community in not the answer. (Colombo Gazette)

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