While apologizing to Venerable Ajahn Brahmawanso Thera for holding him back at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) for 12 hours, Ports, Shipping and Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said today the inquiry conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority would reveal who was at fault and assured to prevent the recurrence of such incidents in the future.
The Minister told Parliament that the Civil Aviation Authority, as the regulatory body, was conducting an inquiry as to how the incident had occurred.
“The President ordered an inquiry through the Presidential Secretariat. I informed him that the Civil Aviation Authority is the regulatory body to conduct the investigation and as such an investigation is in progress at the moment. We will be able to know who overlooked his or her duties,” he said.
The Minister accused the media of involving Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardane and himself in the incident and said the Prime Minister was at a different lounge while he was at a separate section of the VIP lounge.
“The media should not create news. They should report what really happened. This is why we need regulations on the media,” he said.
Meanwhile, responding to a question by SJB MP Ajith Mannaperuma, Public Security Minister Tiran Alles said there were no armed STF personnel inside the VIP Lounge at that time and that they were only outside the lounge.
MP Mannapperuma requested the Minister to conduct an inquiry to confirm that STF personnel were not inside the VIP Lounge as there were reports of their presence in the VIP Lounge.(Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)
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