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CID to grill Mangala (over the 18 A poster)

Former SLFP strongman and new defector to the UNP Mangala Samaraweera has been summoned to the CID’s notorious Fourth Floor for questioning on Tuesday at 10:30am over the alleged defamatory posters printed at a printing press at Mirihana.
Samaraweera, who confirmed this, also said it was strange that only he had been summoned to the Fourth Floor, where as several people already arrested in connection with the case were being investigated by the Mirihana Police.
The detection was made by Mirihana Police on September 08, the day the controversial 18th Amendment was passed in parliament.
The printer, the owner and the manager of the press were arrested the same day.
Initially, the printer had gone into hiding then the police had arrested his young bride and two of his brothers.
“In the past when elected representatives needed to be questioned on any matter the CID officers usually went to them, but today such niceties have been dispensed with,” Samaraweera, who was recently given the task of helping with UNP propaganda work said.
The MP said he would go with his lawyers for the questioning, but they were unlikely to be allowed in.
He said the CID officers had first gone to Sirikotha to summon him and then phoned him after he conveyed his phone number to them through Sirikotha.
“It was also strange that the CID did not have my Cell number as I have visited them several times during the last few years,” Samaraweera added.
CID to grill Mangala

Former SLFP strongman and new defector to the UNP Mangala Samaraweera has been summoned to the CID’s notorious Fourth Floor for questioning on Tuesday at 10:30am over the alleged defamatory posters printed at a printing press at Mirihana.
Samaraweera, who confirmed this, also said it was strange that only he had been summoned to the Fourth Floor, where as several people already arrested in connection with the case were being investigated by the Mirihana Police.
The detection was made by Mirihana Police on September 08, the day the controversial 18th Amendment was passed in parliament.
The printer, the owner and the manager of the press were arrested the same day.
Initially, the printer had gone into hiding then the police had arrested his young bride and two of his brothers.
“In the past when elected representatives needed to be questioned on any matter the CID officers usually went to them, but today such niceties have been dispensed with,” Samaraweera, who was recently given the task of helping with UNP propaganda work said.
The MP said he would go with his lawyers for the questioning, but they were unlikely to be allowed in.
He said the CID officers had first gone to Sirikotha to summon him and then phoned him after he conveyed his phone number to them through Sirikotha.
“It was also strange that the CID did not have my Cell number as I have visited them several times during the last few years,” Samaraweera added.

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