COO of RADA Dr. Saliya Wickramasuriya remanded till the 12th of May

COO of RADA Dr. Saliya Wickramasuriya remanded till the 12th of May

COO of RADA Dr. Saliya Wickramasuriya remanded till the 12th of May

Written by Staff Writer

11 May, 2015 | 7:57 pm

Civil activists are voicing their displeasure over the arrest of professionals who can serve the country. They claim these arrests are being made with ulterior motives and say that good governance is being used to arrest professionals instead of persons involved in large-scale fraud and corruption.

Dr. Saliya Wickramasuriya, former Chief Operations Officer of the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA), who was arrested by the Police Special Investigations Unit, has been remanded until Tuesday (May 11th)

The Police Special Investigations Unit, arrested Dr. Wickramasuriya, claiming his involvement in financial fraud. Dr. Wickramasuriya, functioned as the COO of RADA, which was established to coordinate and implement the operations of various institutions undertaking post tsunami reconstruction.

An expert on Oil and Gas exploration, Dr. Wickramasuriya who served overseas for more than 20 years returned to the island with the intention of rendering expertise in service to his motherland. He previously functioned as the Chairman of the Board of Investment and Sri Lanka Ports Authority.

He has also played a significant role in oil exploration in the country having served as the Director General of the Petroleum Resource Development Secretariat since 2011.

Senior Lecturer of the Ruhunu University Prof. Ranjith Senaratne noted that he is a person who is internationally renowned for his work on deep-sea oil and gas exploration when it comes to both the science and management. The Professor also noted that as a result of his leadership, commitment and guidance gas deposits were discovered for the very first time in Sri Lanka.

Convenor of the National Collective of Lawyers Organisations Att.-at-Law Manoj Gamage noted that they have a problem whether this government truly wishes to instill the rule of law and good governance. Referring to the controversy surrounding the sale of treasury bonds Manoj Gamage questioned as to why this case had been referred to the Bribery Commission and not the Financial Crimes Investigation Division of the Police (FCID).

The Attorney-at-Law went on to note that as of today the current administration is not talking about drugs or ethanol and have also forgotten about the politicians involved in the import of the intoxicant known as Ecstasy.

 

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