JVP brings out the ‘files’

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Fulfilling the promise given a few weeks ago to the public, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday (3), exposed several ‘files’ containing major corruptions linked to the Rajapaksa family, politicians and officials from State institutions, at a media  briefing organised by the Voice Against Corruption (VAC).

JVP Politburo member and former COPE Chairman Sunil Handunnetti, JVP Politburo member and VAC’s convener Wasantha Samarasinghe as well as several lawyers were present at the event.

Dissanayake recently said an international revelation alleged that the then Government in 2014 paid USD 6.5 million through former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Ajith Nivard Cabraal to an American businessman Imaad Zuberi, who was a CIA mole, to buy influence and fix Sri Lanka’s image in the United States.

The MP said Zuberi is currently serving a 12-year sentence. Dissanayake said Cabraal paid USD 6.5 million and added that the latter should also be in prison. The MP also noted that investigations revealed that the funds directed to Zuberi were not used to uplift Sri Lanka’s image.

In addition, the files contained several other cases against individuals associated with the Rajapaksas.

Jaliya Wickramasuriya, former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States, was alleged to have embezzled money to purchase an office. He was arrested but later released on bail. He had pleaded guilty to diverting and attempting to embezzle USD 332,027 from the Sri Lanka Government.

Former Irrigation Ministry Secretary Ivan de Silva was arrested for the embezzlement of Rs. 4,100 million from the Nilwala project.

Former Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa had allegedly agreed to buy 14 airbuses for USD 2.2 billion in the past. It is known to be the largest trade in Sri Lankan history, Dissanayake alleged. “It is said the agreement stalled due to the fall of Government. Thereby the ‘Yahapalana’ government cancelled the deal because it was a huge amount of money. Even so they still had to pay USD 115 million. Furthermore, Sri Lanka endured a loss of Rs. 10 billion in the CBSL Treasury Bonds scam, Dissanayake alleged.

By Aloka Kasturiarachchi