TISL urges CIABOC to probe Nirupama’s Sydney apartments

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Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), yesterday (26) called on the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) to investigate apartments in Sydney allegedly owned by Nirupma Rajapaksa.

In a letter to CIABOC, TISL requested an update into the investigations launched into Nirupama Rajapaksa and her spouse based on the revelations in the Pandora Papers. An investigative report by the Australian Broadcast Corporation has revealed that Nirupama Rajapaksa and her spouse had allegedly purchased several apartments in a residential tower in Sydney.

TISL requested CIABOC to look into the properties to determine whether such assets are declared in their Declarations of Assets and Liabilities, as part of the Commission’s investigation.

“If the properties have not been declared, then under the Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Law No. 1 of 1975 the State has an opportunity to recover these assets,” TISL said in a statement.

TISL reiterated that complaints were lodged in the interest of the public who are the owners of public funds and public resources of Sri Lanka, and urged the Commission to keep TISL and the public informed about the progress of the investigation. TISL also drew the Commission’s attention to the heightened public interest in the Commission’s role in enforcing discrepancies in Declarations of Assets and Liabilities in this case.

(NV)