Gotabaya Rajapaksa While Being Defence Secretary Had Worked Closely With the Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath.

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Ex-Western Province Governor Azath Salley Tells Parliamentary Select Committee that Gotabaya Rajapaksa While Being Defence Secretary Had Worked Closely With the Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath.

by Saman Indrajith

Former Governor of the Western province Azath Salley yesterday told the Parliamentary Select Committee probing the Easter Sunday carnage that former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa had worked closely with Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamaath, which was one of the organisations responsible for the April 21 attacks.

Testifying before the PSC, which met yesterday for the fourth time, the former Governor said that Rajapakasa, as the Secretary Defence, had maintained links with the SLTJ.

Salley said that the SLTJ had around 10,000 active supporters throughout the country.

He said that while he was the Governor, he had warned three times of the possible threats from the Thowheed Jamaath.

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