Culprit from Matara summoned by CID

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By 2017-06-19

BY CHAMARA AMARASURIYA

The person, identified as the one who photoshopped an image depicting Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka distributing a parcel that contains a few bananas as flood relief, has been summoned to the CID.

This person who first posted this image on Facebook is a resident of Matara, the CID, who has launched an investigation...... after Karunathilake lodged a complaint stating that his image has been tarnished by false social media propaganda. The suspect has informed Police, via an attorney, that he will arrive at the CID after 28 June.

Minister Karunatilaka stated that the circulation of this image is slanderous because, although the people in Galle, where he distributed flood relief, are aware that this is not true, the general public might believe this falsehood.

"For example a lot of Sri Lankans living abroad are angry. Politicians of course are privileged and we have a way to fight back but what would happen if this kind of slander is spread against a non- politician? His or her life would be destroyed. So I decided that something has to be done about organized groups using social media to spread falsehoods against people," he said. Commenting on the incident Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said the secretary of the son of a senior politician of the previous government is leading a sustained campaign to tarnish the reputation of current ministers and MPs.

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