Sacked ministers register complaint with Rights body

[TamilNet, Thursday, 22 February 2007, 20:26 GMT]
Mangala Samaraweera and Sripathi Sooriyarachchi, two of the three sacked ministers by Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse on February 9 Thursday lodged complaints with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) of the death threats they received after they addressed a press briefing in parliament following their expulsion from the cabinet and the reduction of government provided security staff.

Mr. Samaraweera was appointed cabinet rank Minister of Port and Aviation and Mr. Sooriyarachchi as non-cabinet minister in the major cabinet reshuffle. Earlier Samaraweera held the Foreign Minister portfolio.

An attempt made by several senior ministers to patch up differences between these two-sacked ministers and Mr. Rajapakse was unsuccessful, political sources said.

Anura Bandaranaike, the other sacked minister was again sworn in as Minister of National Heritage Thursday at an event held in Temple Trees by President Mahinda Rajapakse


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