Keheliya Rambukwella, official media spokesman for Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has admitted that Gotabaya Rajapaksa during his time as the Defence Secretary financed Zahran Hashim, mastermind of the Easter Sunday attacks, and the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ).
Speaking at a live telecast in Hiru TV channel, Rambukwella was questioned about these allegations and admitted that these terrorists had been financed.
Since Gotabaya Rajapaksa is avoiding the media these days, Dallas Alahapperuma and Keheliya Rambukwella have been appointed as official media spokesmen for his campaign.
Accordingly, Gotabaya Rajapaksa during his time as the Defence Secretary had in fact harboured a deadly terrorist leader, after which the bombings on Easter Sunday was politically advantageous to his present presidential campaign.
The dialogue run on Hiru TV is quoted as follows:
Nalin Bandara (interviewer): I believe the country already knows who harboured Zahran in the first place. The CID discovered that before 2015, Zahran's gang was created and was financed by Defence Ministry of the previous government.
Keheliya Rambukwella: We even paid the second in command of Pottu Amman. Yes, he was at the intelligence unit. We took services from the intelligence unit. No point of babbling after the intelligence unit members were put in jail.
Nalin Bandara: So, this implies that you financed both Pottu Amman and Zahran. Thank you very much.
Keheliya Rambukwella: Yeah yeah sure.
Nalin: Oh, you said 'yeah sure'. So you financed both Pottu Amman and Zahran. Okay thank you very much. Zahran was also financed.
Keheliya: No no.. Don't confuse it with the fact that Pottu Amman was paid.
Nalin: Yes, but you just admitted that Zahran was financed.
Keheliya: Okay true. So was Pottu Amman. Because of our intelligence units, they stood safe. A group of 'faggots' stood still without doing anything even when India gave information about them.
Nalin: But your government haboured them in the first place only to kill over 250 innocent civilians in the country. Because of what your government had done, innocent Catholics of this country paid with their lives. So, I now announce that Keheliya Rambukwella admitted before a whole country that they were the ones who haboured a deadly terrorist like Zahran and his group, and even financed to kill more than 250 innocent civilians of this country. Keheliya: Who said that?Nalin: You just admitted it now. So, you have to take responsibility of the lives that were lost. Because you have created this terrorist in the first place. So mind you, that the whole country knows now.
Today, Keheliya Rambukwella admitted that before 2015, their government harboured a group of baby serpents that later become terrorist and destroyed this country. Your government shall take responsibility for these crimes.
Keheliya: And what did this government do?
Nalin: Right, we are now paying for what your government had done. Mind you, the Catholic community of this country found it out today. We even informed the Cardinal. Keheliya Rambukwella admitted that Zahran Hahsim was harboured, financed by their government. You paid them because you needed intelligence information. Okay, very well. But mind you, you gave birth to Zahran.
Keheliya: So, what's the problem?
Nalin: The problem is, you can never amend yourselves from that sin. Innocent people were killed. So, please remember Mr. Keheliya Rambukwella, you should be held responsible for the deaths caused by Zahran. You cannot escape from the crime of creating Zahran in the first place. That was where it all started. It was you who created Muslim extremism to cause communal struggles in this country.