Written by Staff Writer
10 Feb, 2015 | 10:09 pm
UPFA MP Duminda Silva was interrogated by officers of the Criminal Investigations Department for more than six hours on Tuesday.
Alleged drug baron ‘Wele Suda’ who is in police custody, when interrogated by the police, had earlier claimed that he made payments to the MP.
Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said that UPFA MP Duminda Silva was questioned by the CID for over six hours, since 09.30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. SSP Ajith Rohana noted that that they would not conduct their entire investigation based on the statements made by Wele Suda. He added that they have given opportunity to individuals, against whom allegations are being leveled, to present their side of the story.
The Criminal Investigations Department had questioned UPFA MP Duminda Silva over money laundering allegations and connections to drug-trafficking.
SSP Rohana says that if an individual is earning money through drug trafficking or human trafficking or any other criminal activity or if an individual is obtaining finances from such persons, both person could be found guilty under the Money Laundering act.
MP Duminda Silva first crossed paths with the law in 2004 when he was accused of molesting an under-aged girl. Later, after having a relationship with a famous actress and leveling death threats at her, Duminda Silva’s actions raised questions in the judiciary and in society.
Duminda Silva also became a suspect in the gunning down of the late Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra , who was the Presidential adviser on trade unions on the 8th of October 2011. During the period that the case was being taken up by courts, Duminda Silva who received treatment abroad, upon his return to the Island produced himself in court and said that he does not recall any shooting incident.However, days prior to producing himself in court, Duminda Silva picked up from where he had left off, making a return to Politics as well.
Meanwhile action that will be taken against persons including drug traffickers was a heated topic that caught much attention on the Political stage in the run-up to the Presidential Election.
Attorney-at-Law Ravi Jayawardena said people of this country are waiting until drug traffickers who caused destruction in the country are brought before the law. He stressed that if this does not happen, that it will be a Crime against the nation.
JHU leader Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thero says that the new initiative that is being taken by the present government against corruption and fraud is not functioning at the pace that was expected by the people.
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