Nov 23, 2017

AG gives permission for Gotabhaya’s arrest Featured

The attorney general has given permission to the IGP to arrest ex-defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa immediately, say police headquarters sources.

Gotabhaya is to be taken in connection with the misuse of Rs. 90 million of state money to renovate the tombstones of his parents.

Using state money on a private construction

The sum had been obtained for a ‘Weeraketiya project’ from the Land Reclamation and Development Authority when it had been under the Defence Ministry, says the FCID.

An inspection of the scene found that state money had been used to give a face-lift to the tombstones and the surrounding area.

After the FCID started the investigation, Rs. 25 million had been paid back to the state.

IGP is under pressure

However, the IGP is under pressure by top figures of the two main parties in the government against arresting Gotabhaya, according to the sources.

Gotabhaya, a close friend of subject minister Sagala Ratnayake, has been trying to unite his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa with president Maithripala Sirisena.

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