The Sunday Leader


We publish this apology with reference to the article published on Sunday 8th July 2012 under the caption ‘Gota Goes Berserk’.
This article suggests that SriLankan Airlines had made arrangements to switch aircraft to carry a puppy dog from Zurich to Colombo at the behest of Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa Secretary of Defense.
We unconditionally accept that such an inference will not survive scrutiny of the facts as presented before the Sri Lanka Press Council.
It has now been established that no such animal was carried by SriLankan Airlines from any point in its network to Colombo consigned to either Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa or to any member of his family. Hence the contents of the article were essentially both conjecture and hypothetical and not based on fact.
We unreservedly accept the assertion by Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, at that point in time when he responded to our story that neither the Department of Civil Aviation nor SriLankan Airlines was within the purview of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development. We also unreservedly accept that he as Secretary of the Ministry cannot be held responsible for any actions taken or alleged to have been taken by Sri Lankan Airlines as impugned in the article under reference.
We apologize to Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa Secretary Ministry of Defense and Urban Development and to our readers for any misapprehensions caused in their minds as a result of that publication. We publish this apology to remove any lingering doubts in their minds as to any distortions, untruths and improprieties that the said article may have caused.

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