Written by Lahiru Fernando
17 Oct, 2017 | 10:41 pm
A witness who testified before the Presidential Commission has been forced to flee the country following death threats.
This particular witness, is the one who testified on an ex-minister’s purchase of a penthouse apartment due to intimidation both implicit and explicit from many quarters.
It is not just the witness -even the family of the witness has received threats, according to the Attorney General’s Department
The witness -whose name will not be mentioned for security reasons- fled the country shortly after testifying on the purchase of a penthouse apartment.
The brother of this witness -whose name will also not be mentioned for security reasons- complained to the Presidential Commission Secretary that a person by the name of Shanil Nethicumara had called him and conveyed an ‘open threat’.
In the threatening call, Nethicumara had referred to Ravi Karunanayake as ‘Uncle Ravi’.
Given that the call was referring to the references of Ravi Karunanayake and the penthouse sold to them, Nethicumara had called to threaten retaliation and him, his father and sister, said the witness’s brother.
He said; “the witness received warnings that a former minister implicated in her testimony was tracking her movements.”
Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda said this poses an imminent threat to the witness’ family and requested an order be issued on the Director General of the Sri Lanka Police witness protection division to set up an interim protection regime.
He also called for an immediate criminal investigation to be carried out highlighting the fact Shanil Nethicumara had acted on the interest of a personal implicated by the witness.
Meanwhile it came to light before the Commission that total net cash inflow to PTL through transactions of government securities during the period in question was Rs. 11.45 Billion.
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