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Coup plan to be probed

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An investigation plan is currently being drafted by the Police in order to probe the complaints of the alleged coup d’état planned by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his close aids following his defeat at the recently concluded Presidential elections, police spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said.

While the police have sought the Attorney General’s (AG) advice in this regard, the investigation plan will be put in to action after it receives the approval of the AG, the spokesperson said.

“Statements will be taken and individuals who needed to be questioned will be identified” SSP Ajith Rohana said adding that they will also be probing phone records of certain individuals. He confirmed that the special investigation will be conducted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

The preliminary investigation of the alleged coup commenced on a complaint made by foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera.

Samaraweera had last week lodged a police complaint over an alleged coup attempt on 9 January when the results of the previous day’s presidential election were being announced. Samaraweera has accused Rajapaksa and his close aides of making an attempt to remain in power despite the defeat.

However, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has denied the charge saying that he allowed for a smooth transition.

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