Ministers respond to questions raised by journalists over Panama Papers

Ministers respond to questions raised by journalists over Panama Papers

Ministers respond to questions raised by journalists over Panama Papers

Written by Staff Writer

11 May, 2016 | 9:14 pm

At the media briefing on cabinet decisions, held on Wednesday, May 11, journalists posed questions on the Panama Papers, fraud and corruption,

Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka stated that the country had lost close to 20 billion US dollars due to illegal transfers, in the period up to 2014 and the highest amount was recorded in 2011 with a total 4.6B USD.

He added that the government works with international institutions on illegal transfers and went on to note that only a small group has been undivulged, as more names would come to the fore in the future.

Questions were raised on Sri Lankans with foreign addresses who has not been divulged, and also the incident where the police attacked one of the key witnesses at the HRC, over fraud in the previous regime.

Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine, Rajitha Senaratne stated that the former president has beaten his chest and declared that he would shoot himself if these financial transactions were proven as 12.6 billion was withdrawn on January 7.

Explaining further he added that the money was given to Gamini Senerath, as revelations have uncovered how officials were bribed to suppress investigations.

He added that the driver speaks of how the murder was planned. They arrive by boat, carry out the murder and leave by the same boat, therefore they will never be found.

He further noted that there are some in the police, which is why Pujith Jayasundera stated that he will strengthen the FCID.

Furthermore, he added that Gamini Senarath came to them on the 9th and submitted the vehicle number, the amount of money and where it was unloaded, but no investigations have been conducted to date.

Minister, Patali Champika Ranawaka stated that it is not only the Rajapaksas -as it involves a network of officials and local level politicians. Therefore a major endeavour takes place to suppress the investigations and prevent their movement forward.

Explaining further, he noted that direct action will be taken in the future if anyone attempts to protect the corrupt, if anyone in their government is connected , if bond scams or anything else is undertaken.

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