Direct CIABOC to Probe Lankans Named in Panama Papers
Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera, submitting a letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has urged the latter to issue an order to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) to probe the Sri Lankans named in the Panama Papers five years ago, with regard to their illgotten wealth which has been stashed in offshore investment firms.
The monk, in his letter, has informed the President that the CIABOC should not only investigate Sri Lankans identified in the most recent Pandora Papers, but those in the Panama Papers which was first released to the world back in 2016. Ven. Ananda Thera has observed that the Panama Papers had identified no fewer than 65 Sri Lankans who had pilfered the country’s wealth for their personal gain.
The monk has also appreciated the stance taken by the President when issuing an order recently to the CIABOC to probe the illegal transactions of two Sri Lankans, Thirukumar Nadesanand his wife Nirupama Rajapaksa as mentioned in the Pandora Papers.
Furthermore, Ven. Ananda Thera has advised the President to order the CIABOC not to confine its probe to merely Nadesan and Rajapaksa, but to further streamline a transparent and unbiased investigation to uncover the shady and lucrative dealings of those Lankans named in the Panama Papers as well.
The Chief Incumbent of the Abayarama Temple, Narahenpita has stated in his letter that those found guilty of squandering the Nation’s wealth should be duly prosecuted in keeping with the law of the land. He has added that if this course of action is undertaken, it will serve to act as a deterrent to those having any idea of making off with the country’s wealth in the future, as everyone is equal before the law.
Among the Sri Lankans named by the Panama Papers back in 2016 of amassing ill-gotten wealth at the expense of this country’s finances were close aide of ex-Minister Champika Ranawaka-Vidya Amarapala, Senarath Dissanayaka, Sumith Kumaranatunga, Nissanka Senadhipathy, Sreeni Jayakody, Prasanna Jayakody, Kenneth Pandigrast, Tristin Bernard,Aroon Hirdaramani,Simone Peng, Simon Finch, Kithsiri Manjula Yapa, Christopher Rohan Martin, Surendra Ediriweera, Ahmed Hussein, Shyamali Ediriweera, Imthiyaz Hasan Ali, Senaka Senanayake, Sanjay Perera, Sharmila Wahab, Niranjan Mendis, Nilan Abeywickrema, Chandrajith Jayamaha, Dimitryde Wansa Wickramaratne, Jagath Sumathipala, Krishan Jayasekera, Shilanth Boteju, Rohan Gomes, Avanthi Jayathilaka and Fareeda Jiwunji.