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Mahinda doesn't remember telephone call about journalist abduction

Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has said he told the CID he doesn’t remember having a telephone conversation with current parliamentary speaker Karu Jayasuriya about the abduction of journalist Keith Noyahr.

Karu Jayasuriya told police he telephoned the then president in 2008 to ask for help after Noyahr was abducted.

"I don't remember such a telephone conversation," the former president told reporters after he was questioned at home.

The former president said the CID investigation was an attempt to smear his government and was part of a political witch hunt.

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