Feb 05, 2017

Rajitha concerned over probes making no headway Featured

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne says the government is facing serious accusations over the lack of progress and the slow pace of investigations into incidents of massive corruption and fraud during the Rajapaksa regime.

That is especially so with regard to the MiG deal involving ex-defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa failing to make headway, he told a meeting at the health ministry.

He called for expeditious investigations into the Dubai bank accounts, murder of Wasim Thajudeen etc. too, noting the government is accused over investigating only the minor incidents.

The law cannot be enforced against certain officials who do not carry out their responsibilities properly, Senaratne charged.

FCID sources say the investigation into the 14 million dollar MiG deal in 2006 is in its final stages now.

FCID awaits OK to make arrest

Gotabhaya is to be arrested in connection with the fraud, and the FCID is awaiting the OK from the political authority, according to the sources.

President Maithripala Sirisena has said that he should be informed in advance before arresting any former or serving member of the defence establishment.

The FCID has informed Colombo Fort magistrate’s court that steps were being taken through Interpol to arrest former ambassador in Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, who is another accused in the MiG deal.

Investigations have confirmed that Weeratugna was now in the UAE, but his exact place of residence is yet to be determined, the FCID said.

Furthermore, the FCID said an investigation was underway with the Air Force into the missing original document pertaining to the MiG deal.