Thursday, January 04, 2007

LTTE Posses 3 Single Engine Helicopters

The government defense spokesperson minister Keheliya Rambukwella warns, of a possible air strike on the Parliament or the Presidents house, based on the information received by the security forces about 3 single engine helicopters said to be in the possession of the LTTE.

He was answering a question raised by a journalist whether there were plans of arresting the Editor of the Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickremetunga on charges of writing about a bunker, said to be built for the President.

When the minister categorically stated that Lasantha Wickremetunga was not arrested, the journalist requisitioned as to whether there were any plans of doing so. "There are many plans but they cannot be disclosed now", the Minister also said that the paper had mentioned about a luxurious bunker that is being built for the President, with details of the materials used, by which any such attacker could strength it.

He cautioned journalists about writing such reports adding that the lives of Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Deputy Leader of the UNP Karu Jayasuriya and Ananda Sangaree are also faced with threats.

"We should decide whether we are going to live in a country without leaders" Rambukwella said.

86 journalists were assassinated during 2006 globally, including 2 in Sri Lanka, the minister said measures should be taken to stop such assassinations.


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