Police probe NGO Friedrich Naumann Foundation

Friedrich Naumann Foundation       The police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is investigating the activities of a leading German funded NGO operating in Sri Lanka.

A statement by the police media unit said that the Fredric Newman Foundation is being investigated to see if it had gone beyond its legal limitations in it’s Sri Lankan operations. The investigations comes following reports that the NGO had conducted a workshop for the opposition UNP recently.

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 police said that a statement had been recorded from Ms. Sagarika Delgado, a local representative of the NGO.

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.

While condemning certain media reports labeling UNP MPs as traitors for cooperating with Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF), the UNP said earlier today that members in the government had also closely worked with the foundation.

“The foundation had organised events and workshops for both the government and the opposition politicians. Even Keheliya Rambukwella and Mahinda Samarasinghe had participated at FNF organised events,” UNP MP Ruwan Wijewardena told a news conference

The Police Media Spokesman’s office 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.

Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe said in Parliament 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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