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Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena said that the media gave wide publicity recently about the arrest of his brother but they failed to report on the action taken by him to get him arrested.
Addressing a media conference held at the Ministry of Mass Media and Information this morning, the Minister said that there are good and bad persons in families and even the U.S.President Barak Obama, one of world’s powerful persons also has a brother who is living in a wooden lodge and who is a drug addict.
Explaining about the incident relating to his brother’s arrest, the Minister said that immediately after he came to know about the incident he called the Wild Life Director and his officials and the Police to his Polonnaruwa Office and gave instructions to take immediate action to arrest his brother and proceed with necessary legal action. Accordingly, the Minister said that his brother was arrested and is in remand custody at present. He further said that he also instructed the Police not to show any leniency just because he happened to be his own brother, and take appropriate action according to the Law.
The Minister explained that if he did not give these specific instructions his brother may have not been taken into custody until now.
The Minister said that no one who has committed a crime will get sympathy from him. He said that it is because of this that he is in the Parliament continuously for the last 24 years and serving as the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party for the last 12 years under the leadership of two party Presidents. He said that no one else has served as the Secretary General of a major political party for such a long period.
Speaking further, the Minister said that he is a devout Buddhist and he has got these privileges because of the good deeds done by him in his past life and he also could have done some bad deed in the past life to get a brother like him. (niz)