ECONOMYNEXT – Attorney-at-law Senaka Perera who heads Sri Lanka’s People’s Lawyers Association (PLA) was summoned by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Monday (06) morning.
Perera has been an active participant at the ‘aragalaya’ anti-government protests that have been held continuously at Galle Face, Colombo, demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over Sri Lanka’s worsening economic crisis.
“I will only know [the reason for the summons] when I go inside. It would’ve been better if they had communicated the reasons to me, so I could’ve come prepared,” Perera told reporters outside the CID premises.
“I stood for the people and their problems and for the ‘aragalaya’. We haven’t done anything [wrong]. It is very unfortunate if that is being used as a reason to victimise us,” he said.
Perera was the latest in a number of activists and media personalities summoned by the CID. Among the others were journalist Dharshana Handungoda.
“We cannot be silenced with stunts like this. We will be more active tomorrow than we are today,” said Perera.
A protest against the CID summons was held outside its premises Monday morning. (Colombo/May06/2022)