Mervyn forms his own joint opposition, reveals Gota’s links to abductions

Mervyn SilvaFormer Minister Mervyn Silva today formed his own joint opposition and slammed the more recognised joint opposition which consists of several United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) members.

He also claimed that former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa used ‘white vans’ to abduct some of his supporters.

He added that a vehicle from the office of the President was sent with a former army officer named Tissa to abduct his son from the Odel car park and kill him in July 2013 when President Mahinda Rajapaksa was President.

He said that the incident was captured on CCTV cameras but the footage was erased on the instructions of the then Government.

The former Minister said that some officers in the military were forced to follow the instructions of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa when he was the Defence Secretary and engage in illegal activities.

Mervyn Silva also dismissed the allegations raised against him and his involvement with attacks on the media.

Meanwhile, Mervyn Silva said that his joint opposition will push the Government to fulfill the promises it made to the people and also take action against corrupt politicians currently in the opposition.

The former Minister said that he faced threats to his life from the former regime and claimed that there was also an order to assassinate him.

Asked about the legality of the name ‘joint opposition’ Mervyn Silva said that the opposition backed by Mahinda Rajapaksa does not have legal rights to the name ‘joint opposition’ and so he has a right to use the name. (Colombo Gazette)

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