President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated on his Facebook page that the government has not entered any deal with parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen. The President stressed that ensuring national security was the government's top priority and that ongoing investigations are being carried out into the attacks. He also stated that he isn't prepared to allow ministers to have the power to make decisions about who to arrest and set free.
The full English message from his post is as follows
"Ensuring National Security is the first and foremost responsibility of my government.
I am not prepared to hand over the power of arresting or arbitrarily releasing people to politicians, as happened in the past.
I will also take actions to rectify any omissions or mistakes made by the relevant authorities or officials.
I emphasize that our government has not entered into any political deal with Parliament member Rishad Badurdeen.
I assure my citizens that I will not forsake the trust that they have placed in me and I will most certainly continue to work towards strengthening that trust."