Will the CDS resign?

CID director Shani Abeysekara has revealed how Navy’s Lt. Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi fled the country with the aid of the Navy, as courts has issued a warrant for his arrest over the abduction and enforced disappearance of 11 persons.

Abeysekara made the revelation at a function at the Public Administration Ministry on the 20th, attended by ministers Rajitha Senaratne, D.M. Swaminathan, Ranjith Maddumabandara, state minister Ajith P. Perera, chief of defence staff Ravindra Wijegunaratne, the Navy commander, heads of the CID and the FCID and president’s counsel J.C. Weliamuna.

He described how a Navy fast attack craft took Hettiarachchi out of the Sri Lankan waters, and told Wijegunaratne to the face, “It was you who gave Rs. 500,000 to Hettiarachchi before he left.”

An alarmed CDS told him, “Shani, you are accusing a top military official. If you prove it, I will resign tomorrow.”

It is true that Hettiarachchi was taken by a Navy FAC out of the country and that Wijegunaratne had given him money. Now what is left to do is for Wijetunaratne to resign. Forty eight hours had elapsed, but there are no signs that he will do so.

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