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CBK warrants maximum security says SIS

Intelligencereport reveals Chandrika a LTTE target

A top intelligence report has called on the government to provide maximum security to former President Chandrika Kumara-tunga who has been identified as a target of the LTTE.

The intelligence report comes in the backdrop of charges made by former President Chandrika Kumaratunga in writing that President Mahinda Rajapakse has cut back on her security and put her life at risk.

It is following the cut back on her security that Kumaratunga left the country for England. In the report filed by the State Intelligence Service (SIS), which comes under the Defence Ministry, it is stated that the fiercest threat to Kumaratunga comes from the LTTE.

In the Threat Assessment Report signed by the Director, SIS, Keerthi Gajanayake and forwarded to IGP Chandra Fernando, details are provided as to why the former President is under a serious security threat.

The report reveals that from 1995 to 1998 the LTTE had reconnoitered the movements of Kumaratunga on at least 18 known occasions.

The report further states, "It should not be forgotten that the LTTE is still observing the activities of the former president and identifies the former president as a great enemy of the Tamil people."

Director Gajanayake also states in the report that in the circumstances it is recommended that the former President be afforded with ‘maximum security.’

Further to this report, Director, Sri Lanka Police Special Branch, Bernard de Silva has also written to IGP Chandra Fernando stating there had been many instances where the former President had come under the wrath of the LTTE.

"Hence it would be prudent to take precautions to protect the former HE the President" he has said.

The reports have been forwarded to President Mahinda Rajapakse for further action.

Kumaratunga is expected to return to Sri Lanka shortly.

-The Sunday Leader

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July 16, 2006 - Posted by | Media Journalism, News, News and politics, South Asia, World News

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