Conspiracy to assassinate President:
Thirty seven in custody
*Brigadier, Colonel and Army
deserters among them
*Seventy hotel rooms booked under
The Special Police Squad led by a Senior DIG investigating the
conspiracy to assassinate President Mahinda Rajapaksa and several others
have detained 37 suspects, including a Brigadier, a Colonel, several
Army deserters and four civilians under Emergency Regulations pending
the completion of investigations.
Twenty three Army personnel including Army deserters were taken into
custody after breaking open a door of General Sarath Fonseka’s office in
Colombo, Police said.
Police had to break open the door as there was no response from the
persons inside the room. Investigations revealed that the arms and cash
found in a Temple at Maradana had been transported to the temple from
Fonseka’s Colombo office.
Police have also taken two Tamil persons into custody in connection
with supplying arms which were found in the temple.
A Rs. 800,000 contract had been given to supply arms and an advance
of Rs.150,000, had been paid, Police said.Investigations also revealed
that the person who booked 70 rooms in a hotel in Colombo had not given
the correct name and address to hotel owners.
The special Police Squad had taken several motor cycles and a Volvo
car used by Army deserters in to custody. Some motor cycles had forged
number plates while the motor cycles had not been registered with the
Registrar of Motor Vehicles (RMV).
The special squad are investigating to ascertain the person who gave
500 mobile telephones to Fonseka’s office in Colombo to be used during
The special squad are also investigating to ascertain whether these
conspirators had any connection with the LTTE.
The special police squad conducting investigations assisted by the