Written by Bella Dalima
24 Oct, 2014 | 8:27 pm
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna continues to question as to who granted approval for the payment to be made on the contract to refurbish the official residence of the Sri Lankan Permanent Representative to Geneva.
The JVP challenges the government to conduct a proper investigation into the matter.
JVP Councillor for North Central Provincial Council, Wasantha Samarasinghe expressed these views:
[quote]This contract is worth 18 million. It is not a small amount. It was worth 119,250 Swiss francs. The Swiss francs is worth more than 140 rupees now. It is about 143. When you make the calculation it comes to about 18 million. The first payment was made by the 22nd of December 2009. It was made without any security. So this contract has been awarded on the basis of friendship and loyalty. Thurairajah too has confirmed this. Conduct an investigation and tell us who it was that was residing in a house that was under renovation. We have a major suspicion here. The payment has been made to Thurairajah via her husband. We suspect whether they put some paint on the walls and then took the 18 million. Who approved this contract? Tell this to the country. On what basis was the contract awarded? Why was it renovated? Tell the country who granted approval for bills like this. Tell the country who approved the payment.[/quote]
On October 21, the Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L. Peiris, issued a statement, exonerating the External Affairs Secretary of any wrong-doing, noting that allegations that the contract was provided to a personality involved with the LTTE, are baseless.
The Minister notes that the Sri Lanka Mission in Geneva, obtained the services of a company owned by P.T. Thurairajah, in Zurich, in November 2009, to refurbish the official residence of the Permanent Representative.
The Minister notes that on April 12, 2012, the Head of Chancery at the mission in Geneva, U. Jauhar, had made an inquiry from Pierre Yves Hueguenin of the Swiss Federal Intelligence Service, regarding the person who was awarded the contract.
According to Professor G.L. Peiris. Hueguenin had responded on April 27, 2012 that there was no indication that the individual in question was involved with the LTTE.
News1st, submitted a query to the office of the Attorney General of Switzerland regarding the matter, on Thursday.
Responding to our query, Jeannette Balmer, Spokesperson for the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland, noted that the investigation into ten persons for alleged money-laundering, extortion and participation in a criminal organisation is still ongoing.
Balmer noted that no further news on this case would be communicated until the indictment in the 2011 case is released.
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