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SL’s top judge, ex-minister grilled in coup probe

Sri Lanka’s chief justice and former foreign minister were on Friday questioned by police over allegations that they tried to help former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to stage a coup to retain power after his defeat in the presidential polls.

Internal Security Minister John Amaratunga said that the police’s Crime Investigation Department (CID) recorded the statements of top judge Mohan Peiris and former foreign minister G L Peiris following a complaint lodged by the new government regarding alleged coup attempt.

Foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera had recently filed a police complaint over an alleged coup attempt on January 9 when the results of the previous day’s presidential election were being announced.

Mahinda Rajapaksa and his close aides were accused of making an attempt to stay in power despite the shocking defeat by Maithripala Sirisena.
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