Police to replace army personnel in Mahinda’s security
The army personnel assigned to the security detail of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa are to be gradually removed and replaced with police personnel. When contacted by Ada Derana, a spokesman for the former President said that 50 army soldiers assigned to Rajapaksa’s security have been ordered to report back to Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Headquarters by this Friday (8). However, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene, speaking to Ada Derana, said that the move is a result of a decision taken by the Security Council. He said that not only Mahinda Rajapaksa’s security, it has been decided to assign all VIP protection duties to the Police Department.