State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene has stated that the deproscription of Diaspora organizations was done after careful scrutiny unlike the previous regime.
He was responding to the statement of Dinesh Gunawardena. He told the House: “It is the UNP which had been battered most by the LTTE. The UNP lost the highest number of its leaders because of the LTTE. This is not only a UNP government. This is a government created with the support of the UNP, SLFP, SLMC and many other parties. The decision for the Gazette notification to lift the proscription was made with the participation of all. That too was done after inquiring the opinion of the three forces, intelligence services, the Central Bank and all other relevant agencies. We checked whether these organizations and persons had been involved in raising, granting or channelling funds for any terrorist activities during the last three years. We scrutinized their activities and conduct during the past three years before lifting the proscription.
Taking Dinesh Gunawardena to task, he retorted: “I would like to bring to your notice that the previous government had released 140 LTTE suspects on the eve of the 2010 presidential polls and in February 2012 another 360 suspects. Those releases were made without a single investigation or inspection. We would never act in the same manner. We would not betray this country.’