Today (09) marks one month since the attack on the Galle Face Protestors by supporters of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
However, the Sri Lanka Police and its CID have so far been unable to arrest former Minister Johnston Fernando, who was instrumental in inciting Mahinda Rajapaksa’s supporters to the attack.
Despite wasting the Attorney General’s recommendation to arrest him, two CID teams were deployed but the police wasted a week saying they could not find him and yesterday (08) a court issued a warrant for his arrest.
But the CID has not been able to find Johnston yet.
The CID has so far arrested nearly 2,400 civilians in connection with the damaging homes and property of government politicians, including Johnston which happened as a result of the May 09 attack.
The CID, which was able to pinpoint the whereabouts of such a large number of civilians and arrest them, could not find Johnston Fernando who is known to the whole country. The best part of the story is that he still has police protection in the VIP security division and the mobile phone connection provided by Parliament is still active until the day before.
Meanwhile, former Minister Johnston Fernando has filed a petition in the Court of Appeal seeking an injunction restraining his arrest and it is currently being considered.
The real story is that this shows that the Sri Lankan police do not enforce the law against the distinguished aristocrats who wield political power in Sri Lanka. There are above the law.