In a statement sent to the international media by the SL President’s office today purportedly written by the Sunday Leader journalist Faraz Shauketaly, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been praised for pushing the authorities to investigate the recent shooting incident in Mount Lavinia.
The statement quotes the journalist, who was shot by unidentified gunmen last week, as saying that the intervention of the SL President in the investigations clearly demonstrates the President’s determination to uphold the rule of law in Sri Lanka.
He is also quoted as saying that the articles that he has written on a variety of subjects including investigative articles, news reports, and the column he writes have been balanced and equitable in every way.
The statement issued by Anuradha K. Herath, the President’s International Media Director, said:
FOR IMMEDIATE GENERAL RELEASE
ATTEMPT TO ASSASSINATE MR FARAZ SHAUKETALY – SRI LANKA, 15-FEB-2013
Further to a clear attempt to assassinate me at my residence last Friday night by persons as yet unknown, my family and I would like to thank His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his personal intervention in issuing instructions to the law enforcement authorities in Sri Lanka to ensure a thorough and rapid investigation is carried out into this matter. This clearly demonstrates His Excellency’s determination to uphold the rule of law in Sri Lanka.
My family and I are also mindful of the support we have had from hundreds of well-wishers around the world concerned at these rather traumatic events and we appreciate their messages of support and concern including that of the United Kingdom. Due to the wide international coverage this incident has caused primarily due to my involvement in the media industry, we have felt a need to address some of those concerns.
It would be prudent to note that due to the nature of my very serious injuries I have been unable to fully assist the investigative work of the local Police who are yet to receive my formal statement of the traumatic events that took place last Friday night at my home in Mount Lavinia. Naturally in the fullness of time my statement will be given to the Police in order that the important work they are required to carry out will be facilitated. However my most immediate concern now is for the recovery of my health and of course the continued safety of my family and me. In this aspect His Excellency President Rajapaksa has personally ordered the provision of adequate protection for me and this aspect is very much in place now. This was provided immediately after the incident was reported. I am clearly very grateful for this support during this difficult and trying period for me personally.
The articles that I have written on a variety of subjects including investigative articles, news reports, and the column I write, has never been at cross-purposes and it is acknowledged that these have been balanced and equitable in every way.
My family and I are confident that once the necessary statements have been made the authorities in Sri Lanka will be able to fully investigate, apprehend and prosecute to the full extent the law permits, those responsible for planning and executing the cowardly attack on my life.
My family is deeply grateful for the efforts and support received from the United Kingdom Authorities in Sri Lanka and would like to urge all concerned that until such time that the investigations are completed, it would be unfair and inequitable to rush into conclusions that may have no basis in fact. We urge the international community to bear with these particular circumstances which we acknowledge are both difficult and important to completely investigate.
Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka, 19th February 2013.