Written by Tharushan Fernando
26 Nov, 2015 | 9:29 pm
The Presidential Commission of Inquiry informed the attorneys- at-law representing five persons, including former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, to submit reasons in writing before December 2, as to why their clients should not be named as responsible persons with regard to the Rakna Lanka issue.
This order is applicable for frmer defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, former navy commanders Jayantha Perera and Jayanath Colombage, former additional secretary to the Ministry of Defence Damayanthi Jayaratne and Chairman of Avant-Garde Security Services [Pvt] Ltd, Nissanka Senadhipathi.
Secretary to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate into Acts of Large Scale Corruption and
Fraud, Lacille De Silva said that this move informed to the parties when they appeared before the commission on Thursday, subsequent to notice being issued over incidents where employees of Rakna Lanka were allegedly used for campaigning activities in the run up to the presidential election; and where weapons belonging to Rakna Lanka were allegedly provided to Avant-Garde Maritime Security Services Private Limited.
Attorneys-at-law representing the five persons stated that their clients were not responsible for the said charges and should not be named as relevant parties in this incident.
Former Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated: At instances where weapons had to be provided and where the Ministry of Defence had to grant approval for various purposes, I carried out those tasks in a legal manner. I did this with my honest intentions to render a service to the country, attract foreign investment to the country and to fulfill our responsibility to the international community as a member state of the United Nations. So, if you look into my income and expenditure, you can ascertain if I have made any earnings out of them. But I believe that what is being done here is a waste of public funds.
Secretary to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry Lacille De Silva said that these five persons will be summoned to the Commission once again next month.
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