Written by Staff Writer
20 Jul, 2018 | 11:12 am
Colombo (News1st) : Chief Opposition Whip, Anura Kumara Dissanayake made a statement in Parliament on Thursday (July 19th), regarding Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and members of his family, who are alleged to have received money from Chinese Companies during the run-up to the 2015 Presidential Election.
The JVP Leader made the revelations during the adjournment debate on the recent expose made by the New York Times.
On the 5th of May 2012, Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd. or CICT, a company which the China Government owns a majority share, is alleged to have made a payment of 150,000 US Dollars (Rs.19,410,000) to Pushpa Rajapaksa, the wife of Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa.The payment is said to have been made from a Dollar account of the HSBC to a rupee account at the same bank.
It also transpired, that on the 12th of December 2014, China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd had transferred a sum of 39 million 075,000 rupees to a person named E.H.R.S. Fransisco through a cheque numbered 981321 from an account at the Standard Chartered Bank bearing the number 01335919019. On the 7th of January 2015, another cheque of 10 million rupees had been given to this individual.
On the 1st of January 2015, China Machinery Engineering Corporation, which built the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant, had transferred 1 million 295,000 rupees from a Standard Chartered Bank account bearing the number 1358988-01 to a person named D.S. Jayasinghe.
The entire speech made by JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake will be telecast on Sunday at 10:30 PM on Sirasa TV.
Yesterday’s debate in Parliament ended 45 minutes before schedule due to the lack of quorum in the house. At the latter stage of the debate, there were only 09 MPs remaining in the chamber. During the debate, comments were made on the absence of the Rajapaksa Family in Parliament.
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