Written by Lahiru Fernando
15 Oct, 2017 | 4:37 pm
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that he is ready to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Bond Issuance at any given time, says the Prime Ministers office.
That the mention of Prime Minister in the recent investigations at the Commission has lead to the decision, according to the media release.
Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe’s name came up during the recent questionings, when Additional Solicitor General, President’s Counsel, Dappula de Livera questioned Arjuna Mahendran about the Premier defending him in Parliament following the controversial Bond issuance.
When questioned on the reasons for PM’s defense, Mahendran said that he do not know why, and that the Commission should ‘Ask the Prime Minister.
The Anti Corruption’s convener Ven. Ulapane Sumangala Thera responded to the release recalling previous statements by the Prime Minister and events of the recent past.
“We saw how Ministers Malik Samarawickrema and Kabir Hashim gave evasive statements at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry and got out of it. The Prime Minister has acted on several occasions to cover up the bond scam. One instance was when he made a statement in parliament that he was directly involved as the subject minister.”
Ven. Ulapane Sumangala Thero recalled how the Prime Minister appointed a three lawyer committee when the fraud was revealed, and how this committee concluded by saying that there was no scam or fraud in the bond issuance.
“Our problem is this; the Prime Minister has become agitated now and is willingly coming forward to testify before the bond commission. He is now trying to preempt the allegations that will be leveled at him and portray himself as a clean person.”
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