Presidential Commission on bond issue convenes after recess – What happened to 2015 COPE interim report?

Presidential Commission on bond issue convenes after recess – What happened to 2015 COPE interim report?

Written by Keshala Dias

24 Apr, 2017 | 8:54 pm

What happened to the 2015 interim report of COPE which investigated the impugned treasury bond issue?

After a two week recess, the Presidential Commission of Inquiry met today, April 24.

Former Chairman of COPE D. E. W. Gunasekera in his evidence, gave detailed accounts of the COPE inquiry.

He said, the thirteen member COPE sub-committee examined the evidence of forty witnesses during its fourteen meetings.

Gunasekera said, the Speaker of Parliament instructed him to prepare an interim report following the barrage of inquiries made by MPs on the progress of the inquiry.

He added that on June 25 and 26, COPE convened to prepare and deliberate an interim report.

Gunasekera highlighted that the report cannot be termed as an interim report, as there was no consensus on the interim that was prepared by him with the assistance of officials.

As Parliament was adjourned on June 26,June 2015, Gunasekera said the COPE sub-committee could not proceed further.

He added that at that time, the investigations were not over.

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