Monday, January 19, 2015

Mervyn goes to CID against Gota and Basil

Former Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva has lodged police complaints against members of the Rajapaksa family. Police sources told that the Parliamentarian has lodged complaints over bribery, corruption as well as criminal charges. 

Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa were at the receiving end of former Minister’s attack.

Silva has told the CID that the former Economic Development Minister amassed wealth through illegal means and he had “files” with regard to his illegal transactions.

More serious charges have been leveled against former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa including the murders of former Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wikcrematunga and a person named ‘Loku Seeya’.

Silva had said the former Defence Secretary was the main who was behind the “white van culture” in Sri Lanka over the past few years.

Speaking to media outside the CID premises, Silva said Basil Rajapaksa embezzled Rs. 6000 Million from 'Divineguma' funds.

Silva was a person who often claimed that he had utmost respect for the Rajapaksa family as he too hailed from Beliatta - the hometown of the Rajapaksas.

Meantime Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti  said that by complaining about Rajapaksas, Mervyn Silva does not get "immunity" over charges against him.

Handunnetti was referring to the complaints filed at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) by former Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva against Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa.

"Mervyn Silva was once a very trusted and loyal liaison of the Rajapaksa family and also played a major role in handling their 'deals'", Handunnetti said.

However, the JVP Parliamentarian  said that a proper investigation against the two Rajapaksa brothers should be conducted since the accusation comes from a person who was a 'worshiper' of the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa. 

"Nevertheless, what he says should not be accepted without proper investigations", warns the JVP parliamentarian.

Meanwhile, Handunnetti  asserted that 'wrongdoings' done by Silva hiding behind the protection of the former regime should also be investigated.

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