The former Sri Lankan defence secretary has claimed the US had abducted a 9/11 terror suspect who was found hiding in Sri Lanka.
In an interview to the Colombo-based newspaper, Daily Mirror, on Tuesday, Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa said:
'I did not bring about the concept of white van abductions. Now see after the 9/11 incident, the United States tracked terrorists all over the world. They caught them and brought them to Guantanamo Bay base. There was one Malaysian citizen who was living in Sri Lanka. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) traced this man. They did a lot of things to take this man. They gave him a passport and got him admitted to a private hospital here. They took him out of Sri Lanka afterwards. They did not adopt the normal procedure in doing so. This was done before we took over the administration.'