The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka police has commenced an investigation on the Friedrich Naumann Foundation to ascertain whether the German NGO has acted within the country beyond its given legal mandate.
The CID has interrogated the Foundation’s local representative Sagarika Delgoda for the past two days and it says further investigations are underway based on the information divulged by Ms. Delgoda.
The investigation commenced after the organization held a workshop for the opposition United National Party parliamentarians. Pro-government media reported that the workshop was a ploy to overthrow the government.
The state-run ITN accused Ms. Delgoda of being engaged in a conspiracy for several years to overthrow the present government and set up a UNP government loyal to the West and the Tamil Diaspora.
According to ITN report, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation is funding the UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe’s foreign tours and political activities.
The Police Media Spokesman’s office meanwhile said there is no attempt to arrest any opposition MP as they claimed and there was no need to question the MPs while the CID probes the Foundation which is operating in Sri Lanka since 1974.
Wickremasinghe said in Parliament yesterday that the government was getting ready to arrest a number of UNP politicians who participated in the workshop coordinated by the Foundation.
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