Lanka Prez visits opposition lawmaker after report

Last Updated: Friday, December 21, 2012 - 00:43

Colombo: A frontline opposition lawmaker who has locked horns with the powerful government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa over the impeachment of the top judge has reported a firing incident apparently targeting his house.

The incident reported last night prompted the President to pay an unusual visit to the lawmaker`s residence.

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) legislator Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha`s Colombo suburban house was reportedly fired at by an unknown group last night.

"I heard two gun shots past midnight yesterday. Immediately after the firing I heard a vehicle speeding away towards the main road. I opened the window and looked around, could not see anyone.

"In the morning when I was leaving house I found two used cartridges which looked to be the type used in pistols," Wijeyadasa told a local radio.
President Rajapaksa this morning visited his house after he reported the firing incident, presidential officials said.

Wijeyadasa is the Chair of the lawyers` apex body, Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) which last week resolved to follow three drastic actions against Sri Lankan President`s attempt to impeach the chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake, the country`s first woman top judge.

The BASL resolution would mean its members would not recognise Bandaranayake`s successor if she were to be removed as a result of a process which is unfair and lacking in transparency.

Presidential officials said Rajapaksa inquired about Rajapaksha`s well being and assured investigation into the alleged shooting.

The suburban Mirihana police said investigation is underway.


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First Published: Friday, December 21, 2012 - 00:43

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