Speaking at a public rally at Kirillawala in Kadawatha yesterday (31), he said the first ever murder of a leading newspaper editor in the country, that of Lasantha Wickremetunge, occurred during the Rajapaksa regime.
He was killed for having exposed the MIG deal scam.
But, that so-called war hero, fearing arrest, has fled the country and is in the US.
Also the supposed presidential candidate of the SLPP, he will return after the election, on February 12, and will be arrested then, said the minister.
Accusations against him are proven and he will be imprisoned soon, he said.