Written by Staff Writer
31 Jul, 2018 | 12:24 am
COLOMBO (News 1st) – MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake, leader of the JVP stats that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is yet to reject the claim that he recieved US$ 7.6 Million (Rs. 1.1 Billion) from a Chinese company.
“Last week all the details, about the number of cheques, how they were transferred to the banks and who transferred them were revealed in Parliament. It wouldn’t have mattered to us if a Chinese company gave this money to Mahinda of Medamulana. But instead, it was given to President Mahinda.”, he added.
The JVP leader also spoke about the companies in question.
“One constructed a port, another an airport, another built Norochcholai and the other built the South Container Terminal of the Colombo Port. So isn’t this a good reason enough for us to assume that these were constructed solely for the purpose of getting money? Or else what other interests does China have to pay money to a Sri Lankan President?” Anura Kumara questioned.
The Parliamentarian then set his sights on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, saying that no one can hide the fact that “Ranil Wickremesinghe is involved in the bond scam”.
He also recalled questioning the PM in parliament on the bond scam, few weeks after the incident. “He denied, saying nothing like that happened, which instantly proved that it did. So the man (Arjuna Mahendran) scooted off to Singapore. It was Ranil who protected him after the theft and it was Ranil who helped him flee the country as well. So does this not make him the person behind the theft? What other proof do you need? This kind of evidence is not detrimental to a case. There is something called circumstantial evidence based on which the court can make a decision. Which is why I say Ranil is directly involved in this deal..”
It is well known that the bond scam caused monumental losses to Sri Lanka. It is the largest incident of defrauding state funds in the political history of the country. Through parliament, civil society, the Committee on Public Enterprises and the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, the manner in which this crime was carried out and the perpetrators, were exposed.
While this is the major topic of conversation on the political stage, on whose interference is the recovery of these funds and the punishment of the perpetrators being delayed continuously?
The people do not want to listen to stories anymore – they want the perpetrators to be punished.
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