Gotabhaya too, was in the US at the time, and had stayed at Malraj’s Chino Hills home and planned how to face the FCID investigations.
He had summoned several of his confidantes to assist him in the plans, and he had given them a party thereafter, said the police official, who gave us a picture of the group.
(from left: Raja Edirisuriya, ambassador in Brazil during the Rajapaksa rule, retired Maj. Sarathchandra, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Upul Travels owner Upul Dharmadasa, retired Commando Regiment Col. Handapangoda, Malraj de Silva)
They had summoned Mahesh Jayantha Kumara, an official at LA consulate, to Chino Hills several times and explained to him how he should give a statement.
However, the FCID investigators have been able to uncover enough evidence to file action against Gotabhaya and his son.
They were investigating a complaint lodged by minister Mangala Samaraweera on December 03, seeking a probe into the persons who had stayed at a luxury house at LA rented by the Rajapaksa regime at a massive expense to the state.
Samaraweera furnished several documentary and other evidence and noted the place in question had never been used by the consulate although the foreign affairs ministry had paid it a monthly rent of 8,000 dollars.
Diplomatic documents reveal the son of the ex-defence secretary had stayed at the home until March 2015 for his higher studies, and that two Army men from the PSD had been attached to him as bodyguards.
Both had drawn salaries from the Army as well as the foreign affairs ministry, which also paid the water, electricity and television bills.
Samaraweera added that his ministry had to pay 10,000 dollars as damage coverage when returning the house to its owner.
Last Sunday’s ‘Sathhanda’ carried a main headline article on this matter, which claimed the FCID officials had narrowly escaped arrest while probing Gotabhaya in the US.
Responding, the lankaenews website refuted the newspaper report, and Gotabhaya too, told the media that there was no truth in it.
When contacted, ‘Sathhanda’ editor Deepthi Kumara Gunaratne, also leader of Vanguard Party, told us that the coming issue would reveal more information to verify the truth of the report.