MR certain Tamils will not condone actions of diaspora

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he is certain Tamils in Sri Lanka will not condone the actions of the pro-LTTE Tamil diaspora.

Rajapaksa said that the decision taken initially to suspend a military officer at the Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK was to pacify the pro-LTTE Tamil diaspora.

He said that the military officer was only scratching his throat and did not threaten the protesters and yet he was suspended.

President Maithripala Sirisena had yesterday revoked the decision to suspend the official in the Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK who was earlier removed over a throat-cutting gesture.

Authorities in Sri Lanka had earlier taken serious note of videos being circulated on social and web-based media of an alleged incident involving  Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, the Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London behaving in an offensive manner.

In this connection, instructions had been sent to Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in London, to suspend the Minister Counsellor (Defence) from work, with immediate effect, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

The Foreign Ministry said that the authorities in Sri Lanka including the Sri Lanka Army will initiate inquiries on the incident immediately.

However the Army yesterday said that the decision to suspend the officer was revoked by the President. (Colombo Gazette)