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2017-08-11

The United National Party charges that investigations were not conducted into cases such as the hedging agreement or the Greek bonds during the previous tenure of the United People’s Freedom Alliance led government.

Addressing a media briefing at the party headquarters Sirikotha today Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha De Silva said the former government retained individuals in the state service defying recommendations of the Supreme Court that they were unsuitable to hold office.

The Deputy Minister as the Opposition during the previous tenure, ministers spoke a great deal about the hedging deal, the Greek Bond agreement and the Hambantota Commonwealth games adding that however they did not in any manner act on the requests tabled.

Deputy Minister De Silva said in the case of murders the then government attempted to portray the murder of Wasim Thajudeen as an accident adding that they threw a party when a Chairman of the Pradeshiya Sabha raped 100 women.

The Deputy Minister said the Mahinda Rajapaksa government spoke highly of these people adding that let alone a Minister resigning, not even a Pradeshiya Sabha member resigned.

Deputy Minister Dr Harsha De Silva said court issued an order that PB Jayasundara cannot hold any post in government offices, but what did then president Mahinda Rajapaksa gave him employment.

Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva admitted that certain procedures of the Attorney General’s Department cannot be accepted.

The Deputy Minister noted the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division completed investigations and handed over files pertaining to 87 cases to the Attorney General’s Department adding the delay in filing relevant cases was questionable.

The Deputy Minister said the Attorney General’s Department can today question a Minister, level charges against him and bring him to a point of tendering his resignation adding that however the Attorney General’s Department in the past was held in the palm of the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Deputy Minister Dr Harsha De Silva said the grand aunt of Yoshitha Rajapksa said she had no idea where she obtained a stock of gems from but she bought a property from Dehiwela adding that it is a rather astonishing story but no action was taken against this.

Deputy Minister Dr Harsha De Silva further noted Basil Rajapaksa was questioned pertaining to the land in Malwana adding that he said it wasn’t his.

Minister De Silva said what is happening now is very different adding that the Prime Minister has stated that the present government will not protect any individual guilty of crime or corruption.

Deputy Minister Dr Harsha De Silva said today the FCID has completed 87 investigations and the files have been handed over to the Attorney General’s Department for cases to be filed.