By accepting bribe from China MR violated country’s sovereignty: Kabir

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By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana   

Minister of Highways Kabir Hashim yesterday charged that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had not only accepted a bribe from China Harbour Engineering Company but violated the country’s sovereignty by getting into a framework agreement with the Chinese Company.  

He said the former Sri Lankan government led by Mr. Rajapaksa had agreed to sell 50 hectares to China Harbour Engineering Company at the rate of just one dollar a hectare. He also charged that the framework agreement had clauses which denied Sri Lankan Navy the access to the Hambantota Port. 

“This agreement would have been implemented had Mr. Rajapksa won the 2015 presidential election,” Mr. Hashim said.   

The Minister said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was able to change the agreement and see to it that Sri Lankan Navy had access to the Hambantota Port.   

Joint Opposition MP Wimal Weerawansa who responded to this allegation accused Prime Minister Wickremesinghe is out to violate Sri Lanka’s sovereignty by making plans to handover Mattala International Airport to India. 
The MP also challenged the New York Times story by saying that US State Department had accepted that America had spent funds for regime changes in several Asian countries such as Myanmar. 

The New York Times Story revealed that China Harbour had given funds to Former President Rajapaksa for his election campaign.