Multiple factions call for action against Ex-Sports Minister on Match-Fixing claims

Multiple factions call for action against Ex-Sports Minister on Match-Fixing claims

Multiple factions call for action against Ex-Sports Minister on Match-Fixing claims

Written by Zulfick Farzan

06 Jul, 2020 | 8:48 pm

Colombo (News 1st);  Multiple factions have called for action against Ex-Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage if his match-fixing claims regarding the 2011 Cricket World Final are proven to be false.

They claim action can be taken against the Ex-Minister based on the provisions of the Prevention of Offences Relating to Sports Act.

Today several organizations affiliated with the JVP requested the Sports Ministry to take action against the Ex-Sports Minister.

Attorney-at-Law Sunil Watagala speaking to News 1st said according to the law if a false complaint is made it is considered as an offense committed under the Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure and the Sports Act.

He said when found guilty, one is sentenced and fined and this also applies to Ex-Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage.

Candidate from the Samagi Jana Balavegaya Anuradha Wimalaratne said these events are planned political games and expressed his disappointment on TM Dilshan and M. Muralitharan for failing to speak on behalf of their colleagues who were summoned to provide statements over match-fixing claims.

UNP General Secretary Akil Viraj Kariyawasam said it is now evident if a person speaks ill of the government, such individuals are reprimanded on various bogus claims.

He called on the government to end such despicable acts.

However, SLPP Candidate Wimal Weerawansa said even if such an incident had taken place back in 2011, taking it up for discussion at present would not benefit anyone.

On Friday, the 03rd of July, the Special Investigation Unit on Prevention of Offenses Relating to Sports’ which investigated the 2011 Cricket World Cup match-fixing allegations concluded its investigations as it found no evidence which proves the Cricket World Cup final was fixed.

In a statement, Police Headquarters said the ‘Special Investigation Unit on Prevention of Offenses Relating to Sports’ recorded statements from Ex-Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Former Chief of Selectors Aravinda De Silva, Former Cricketer Upul Tharanga and Former Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara.

Police Headquarters said the SIU after perusing many documents and recording evidence as well as conducting an investigation has concluded there is NO evidence to prove the 2011 Cricket World Cup final was fixed.

On the same day, the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit said it has not been presented with any evidence that supports the claims made or which would merit launching an investigation under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code regarding the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011 final.

ICC Anti-Corruption Unit General Manager Alex Marshall in a statement said there is no record of any letter regarding this matter sent by the then Sri Lanka Sports Minister to the ICC.

He added senior ICC staff at the time have confirmed they have no recollection of receiving any such letter which would have led to an investigation adding there no reason to doubt the integrity of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Final 2011.

“We take all allegations of this nature extremely seriously and should we receive any evidence to corroborate the claims, we will review our current position,” said ICC Anti-Corruption Unit General Manager Alex Marshall.

If anyone has any evidence that this match or any other has been subject to match-fixing, ICC Anti-Corruption Unit urges them to get in contact with the ICC Integrity team.

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