President’s Secretary seeks AG’s opinion on releasing full Bond Report

Published : 12:03 am  June 2, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 

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  • Says even I don’t have some of the documents.
  • If Attorney General instructs me I will give the entire set of documents.
  • Not aware whether there is a list of 118 names as nowhere in the bond report it has been mentioned about a list of politicians
  • Says AG and DG Bribery had said there could be sub-judice sections

 

Untitled-29By Lahiru Pothmulla

Following the request made by MP Dayasiri Jayasekara to release the entire Bond Report and related documents, President’s Secretary Austin Fernando yesterday said he had requested the Attorney General for his opinion in this regard.

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  • If both the Attorney General and the Bribery Commission’s Director General said there is no issue, then I will give everything
  • The AG’s Department, CID and the Bribery Commission have to do investigations. I’m not familiar with the sensitive nature of these documents … 

Mr Fernando said MP Jayasekara had asked him under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the parts of the Bond Commission Report which were not presented to Parliament, CID investigation reports and all other related documents.
“If the Attorney General instructs me to give it all, I will give the entire set of documents.


“Even I don’t have some of the documents. If both the Attorney General and the Bribery Commission’s Director General said there is no issue, then I will give everything and won’t hide anything,” he said.


He said the 30-year closure law was applicable only for the annexures and not for the bond report.


“This is not a decision of mine but a decision of the Bond Commission,” he said.


Meanwhile, Mr Fernando said he was not aware whether there is a list of 118 names as nowhere in the bond report it has been mentioned about a list of politicians, who received funds from the Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL). “Without a list, I have to go through many troubles to find names. I know investigations are ongoing by the Attorney General’s Department and the CID. “Based on investigations and recording of evidence, certain names of certain individuals may appear. The report has 1,346 pages dedicated to Gamini Wijesinghe, 667 pages to J.K.G. Dharmapala and 937 pages for Dr Nandalal Weerasinghe. Kasun Palisena has 2,319 pages in seven volumes, Arjuna Mahendran got 1,165 pages and P. Samarasiri in 544 pages.


“The AG’s Department, CID and the Bribery Commission have to do investigations. However, I’m not familiar with the sensitive nature of these documents because I’m not a lawyer, a Judge nor a Commissioner.


“Therefore, I asked the AG, and Director General of the Bribery Commission, since they are taking future actions, whether there is no issue in releasing documents if someone requested.


“I wrote to them on January 18 first and I got mails from both officials on January 22 saying certain facts could be sub-judice and investigations are ongoing and therefore, I should act carefully with regard to these matters.


“Therefore, I have acted based on their instructions in this regard because I don’t understand what is sensitive and what is not,” he said.


President’s Sec. attempts to cover up the 118: Keerthi

By Sheain Fernandopulle
The move of President’s Secretary Austin Fernando to seek the Attorney General’s opinion on releasing the full report of the Commission  on the Central Bank Bond Scam was to defend the 118, who had obtained funds from the Perpetual Treasuries Limited, Centre for Human Rights and Research (CHR) alleged yesterday.

 “The President’s Secretary had misled us for more than four months when some groups including the CHR were requesting him to release the full report of the bond scam,” CHR Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon said. “On one occasion, President Maithripala Sirisena has pronounced that people can have the access to a part of the bond report under the Right to Information Act (RTI). President’s Secretary said on Thursday (31) that people could get access to the bond report from the Department of National Archives.


“However, when we approached the Archives Department, it stated that it would take 30 years for the Archives Department to release the full Presidential Report,” Tennakoon said.  “This whole story is to put the records of bond scam under the carpet and prevent the names of 118 from being disclosed to the public domain. 
The hierarchy knows that if the entire report is out, the general public would get the real picture of everything and what has really transpired following the bond scam,” Tennakoon added.

 

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