Written by Lahiru Fernando
06 Jul, 2015 | 9:04 pm
The National Dangerous Drugs Control Board says it has received information affirming that the Colombo District parliamentarian accused of drug-smuggling, was in fact involved in the trade.
According to board chairman Dr. Nilanga Samarasinghe, information gathered on MPs who are involved in the drug trade has been submitted to the general secretaries of respective parties.
The following is a conversation News 1st had with Dr. Nilanga Samarasinghe:
Question – You said about 20 persons have been identified. Who are they?
Answer – Under the current circumstances, only the party secretaries can divulge the information. The board’s lawyers have clearly informed us of the legal framework.
Question – I believe that this is the report you have.
Answer – Yes.
Question – How many politicians have been identified for involvement in the heroin trade?
Answer – With regard to persons involved in heroin, I can tell you that it is like an iceberg. You can only see the tip of the iceberg.
Question – Is the majority from this province?
Answer – The Western Province. The situation is especially dangerous in the Colombo and Gampaha districts.
Question – We saw that a very prominent Colombo District Parliamentarian was accused in the drug trade. Is he in this report?
Answer – Yes. He is in this report. There are politicians from Colombo, Gampaha, Ratnapura and even the Central Province, in this report.
Question – There was a lot of controversy surrounding a certain politician in the recent past. Is this person in the report?
Answer – Yes, we have noted such information. If a corrupt person or criminal who has drug charges against them enters parliament, then the party general secretaries must be held responsible. I think the people need to make a decision on the party secretaries at this time.
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