Dec 14, 2017

Won’t remove my officers over baseless media reports - Mangala Featured

Finance and media minister Mangala Samaraweera says he will not remove his officers merely because of baseless media articles.

The minister responded to questions raised by Sri Lanka Mirror over social media reports that his personal secretary (media) Ruwan Ferdinandis has been removed from the position.

That was after a website implicated Ferdinandis in the killing of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda, and it was given prominence by several facebook pages maintained by Basil Rajapaksa.

Samaraweera also told SLM that the website that made the claim has not been in good terms with Ferdinandis for some time.

He noted that previously, when one of his officers got involved in a court matter, he was relieved of duties temporarily at his request.

The minister went onto note that Ferdinandis has not been named a suspect by either the police or courts, and that he could not be removed based merely on a website article.

However, at the request of Ferdinandis, the CID has been asked to investigate the article, he added.

Attempt to cover up the true killers

A senior official of the CID told SLM that they would not commence investigations into mud-slinging articles.

An investigation will take place only if someone makes a complaint properly, he noted.

He added that Ferdinandis has never been mentioned at any time in the course of their several years of investigations into the Ekneligoda murder.

The CID official said they suspected that such articles were being published to cover up the true killers of Ekneligoda.