CID to conduct Investigations into the brawl in parliament

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – investigations into the illegal acts by lawmakers in Sri Lanka parliament attacking police officers and destructing public property last month have been handed over to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of police.

During the parliamentary sessions on 15 and 16 November, the lawmakers supporting Mahinda Rajapaksa attacked the Speaker, and brawled with the rival lawmakers in an attempt to disrupt the vote on a no-confidence motion against the illegally appointed Prime Minister.

During the November 16 session, MPs supporting Rajapaksa attacked the police officers who escorted the Speaker into the Chamber, with chili powder mixed water and hurled chairs and books at the opposition MPs. Several police officers and opposition MPs were injured in the attacks.

Police sources say that several statements have already been recorded in this regard.

The CID is also conducting inquiries into a letter that was being circulated through social media claiming to have been written by the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to the Chief Justice Nalin Perera.

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