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Complaints against Rajapaksa brothers, police probe ordered

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s younger brother ran “death squads” and ordered the murder of a high-profile newspaper editor, a loyalist-turned-foe of the former president has alleged, prompting a police probe.

Mervyn Silva, the former minister of public relations under the Rajapaksa regime, complained to police’s CID against Gotabhaya and Basil Rajapaksa, both brothers of Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Authorities are investigating a claim that Rajapaksa’s brother Gotabhaya ran goon squads and ordered the 2009 murder of the editor of the Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunga, police spokesman Ajith Rohana said. Silva said he has also implicated Basil Rajapaksa, the other brother of
Rajapaksa and the former economic development minister, in a number of shady deals.

Silva said he has lodged a police complaint implicating Gotabhaya, the then powerful defence secretary, in the 2009 murder of the editor of the Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunga.

“I raised all attacks against media in the recent past including Lasantha’s murder,” Silva said.
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