The Premadasa family is willing to swap their Stanmore Crescent residence for a suitable one provided by the government. Family sources said that the government recently requested them to leave the house as a high ranking military official needed it.
A senior security official said that the officer, believed to be high on the LTTE hit list, wanted to move to a secured area. `We understand their concerns,` the sources said, adding, `They would make a move once the deal is finalised.`
The sources denied claims that former first lady Hema Premadasa had asked for a duty free car permit to facilitate the deal. The former first lady is entitled to a duty free car permit, the sources said, emphasising that they would not in anyway obstruct government efforts to provide accommodation to military officers facing death threats.