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Gotabaya - if eradicating LTTE is a crime, no problem going to prison

The former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was defiant about his role in the armed conflict which ended in 2009, saying "if eradicating the LTTE terrorist organisation is a crime which needs punishing, then he has no problems with going to prison", Adaderana reported. 

He also defended his family against accusations of corruption and authoritarianism saying "the Rajapaksas did not pilfer this country, they only saved it and did so by putting their lives on the line."

Mr Gotabaya said he had visited the senior Buddhist clergy in Kandy "regarding the injustice that is being meted out to him". 

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