Govt. to name names soon

Published : 9:12 am  October 16, 2015 | No comments so far |  |  (338) reads | 

VVIP dollar account holders: 

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By Sandun A Jayasekera
The government has gathered information on eight Dollar Accounts held in foreign banks by members of a VVIP family of the previous regime and the names of the account holders will be disclosed after the ongoing investigations are over, Cabinet Spokesman and Minister Rajitha Senarathe said yesterday.  

He told the media at the weekly Cabinet news briefing that in one account they had deposited US$ 1.86 billion,US$ 1.8 billion  in another and US$ 500 million in yet another account.
When a journalist demanded of Minister Senaratne to disclose the names of those who  allegedly held illegal dollar accounts in banks in foreign countries, he declined and said it would affect the investigations. 

Untitled-5When a journalist demanded of Minister Senaratne to disclose the names of those who allegedly held illegal dollar accounts in banks in foreign countries, he declined and said it would affect the investigations. 

 


Responding to a statement made by a member of a VVIP family disowning the dollar accounts, Minister Senaeratne said no one should jump the gun  if they were  innocent but vowed to disclose the names of account holders at the right time and also to bring them before the law on charges of money laundering and plundering of state resources.     
Determined to go to the bottom of the Avant-Garde controversy, President Maithripala Sirisena has called for a full report on the issue from the Defence Ministry, Dr.  Senaratne said.
Minister Senaratne appealed to the media not to give publicity to the investigations on illegal dollar accounts held by Sri Lankans as it would hamper the inquiry and added a few countries had expressed concerns on certain local media reports recently.
Responding to a journalist, he said many countries had expressed cooperation with the Sri Lankan government for the investigations launched by the Sri Lankan government on illegal dollar accounts held by Sri Lankans in their countries.
“Many countries have flexible legislations to deal with black money deposited in overseas banks. Only countries like Monaco have strict rigid laws on this matter. Therefore, Sri Lankan sleuths do not find the task impossible and they are confident that they would trace all illegal dollar accounts held by Sri Lankans and those who held them before long,” Minister Senaratne stressed.
He added that the US Federal Reserve (USFR) was assisting Sri Lanka in the investigations as the USFR had data on each and every dollar account held in any bank anywhere in the world. 
Commenting on the Avant-Garde floating armoury controversy, Minister Senaratne said President Sirisena had called for a full report on the issue from the Defence Ministry.    
The Cabinet discussed the Avant-Garde floating armoury issue in detail at Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting and President Sirisena told the Ministers that he wanted a report on the controversy as early as possible.   
‘President Sirisena expressed his desire to take legal action pertaining to the running of the Avant-Garde floating armoury and also ordered a separate inquiry by the Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Defence into a second ship with illegal weapons to enter the Galle Port furnishing false information,” Minister Senaratne said.