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'Ranil Wickremesinghe approved my assassination’ claims Sri Lankan minister

Sri Lankan government minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage told parliament he had obtained evidence that former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had conspired to assassinate him.

Aluthgamage, Sri Lanka's State Minister of Power, said that following the arrest of UNP parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake, evidence had been retrieved that contained telephone conversations between Ramanayaka and Wickremesinghe with details of an assassination plan.

He spoke about the supposed leaked phone conversation and said “Ranjan Ramanayake is clearly seeking the blessings of former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to assassinate me”. 

“The Prime Minister also gives his approval for this sinister plot. This is a very grave situation where a prime minister and deputy minister is plotting to assassinate an opposition MP.”

The minister went on to state,

“In the recording of their conversation, the Prime Minister advices Ramanayake to tell the police that while practicing he had accidentally shot me. It is the Prime Minister who is telling his Deputy Minister how to get away by claiming that it was a mistake. Ramanayake is heard telling the Prime Minister that the former IGP had saved him based on the intervention of PM Wickremesinghe. What is the meaning of this situation Mr. Speaker?… It is totally unacceptable for the Prime Minister to be encouraging and plotting such crimes. In fact he has given instructions to Ranjan Ramanayake to assassinate me. It is clearly stated in the telephone recording. “ (sic)

Aluthgamage went on to state that he would be filing a police complaint into the incident. 

See more from Daily News here and Colombo Gazette here.