Basil Remanded Till May 5

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By Ajith Siriwardana, Darshana Sanjeewa,
Kaduwela Magistrate and Acting District Judge Dammika Hemapala, last evening, remanded former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa until May 5 over charges of misappropriation of funds of the Divineguma Department.

Along with him, the former secretary of the Economic Development Ministry Dr. Nihal Jayatilake and former Divineguma Department director general R.R.K. Ranawaka were also remanded till May 5.
The three were arrested earlier in the day by the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID).
They were produced before the Kaduwela Magistrate in the evening and before court at 8.30 pm.
Mr. Rajapaksa was arrested after being questioned by the FCID for seven hours in connection with several questionable financial transactions running into millions of rupees. He had reported to the FCID in Kollupitiya at 10.50 am in accordance with an order issued earlier by the Kaduwela Magistrate. After that, he had been questioned for seven hours at a stretch till 6.00 pm.

 

” The three were arrested earlier in the day by the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID).  They were produced before the Kaduwela magistrate in the evening and before court at 8.30 pm ….”

Mr. Rajapaksa who returned to Sri Lanka on Tuesday reported to the FCID office in Kollupitiya to record a statement on the misappropriation of state funds and misuse of Divineguma Department funds to finance former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s election campaign — and also several other financial irregularities, Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said.
The FCID indicted former Minister Rajapaksa for misappropriation of state funds, spending Divineguma funds for the propaganda campaign at the past presidential election and several other irregularities.
Rajapaksa, who left for the US soon after the presidential election, arrived in the country on Tuesday to participate in the investigation against him.

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Heavy security was in place in Kaduwela Magistrate’s court premises when Mr. Rajapaksa was brought in, while a large group of his supporters also had gathered there.
Meanwhile, ASP Gunasekara said, former Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga had reported to the FCID yesterday at 10.00 am. His statement regarding financial irregularities at the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) was also recorded.

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Weeratunga was the former TRC Chairman, and the FCID is probing the transfer of Rs.600 million to the presidential secretariat from the TRC. According to reports, the funds had been used by three different contractors to buy gifts to be distributed during the former president’s election campaign. Mr. Weeratunga had also been questioned by the CID on April 1 regarding vehicles belonging to the presidential secretariat that were missing.

 

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