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Harak Kata & Kudu Salindu brought back to Sri Lanka

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Nadun Chinthaka alias ‘Harak Kata’ and Salindu Lakshitha alias ‘Kudu Salindu,’ two main drug traffickers and organized criminals, who were recently arrested in Madagascar, were brought to Sri Lanka early today (14), airport sources said.

A team including an Assistant Superintendent of Police of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and an Assistant Superintendent of Police of the Special Task Force had gone to Madagascar on the 11th to bring these two to Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the authorities have decided to detain the two criminals in the custody of the CID under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

It was reported that the IGP held a special discussion with Prasad Ranasinghe, Deputy Inspector General of Police, CID and Kavinda Piyasekera, Director of the CID yesterday evening (13) in this regard.

Sources revealed that special attention has been paid to ensure that these two underworld criminals are not handed over to any investigative team other than the CID.  

However, any investigative team will have the opportunity to interrogate these two criminals with prior permission from the CID in relation to their investigations.

Police information revealed that the opportunity to question these criminals will be carried out under the supervision of the officers of the CID.

Special security..

The police have also paid special attention to the security of Harak Kata and Kudu Salindu due to information received from the intelligence division that Harak Kata and Kudu Salindu have had very close relations with several corrupt officers of the police.

Based on information revealed through investigations into the two suspects, the police authorities will investigate these officers as well.

Six underworld criminals, including Harak Kata and Kudu Salindu, who went to Madagascar in a private jet on February 12, posing as wealthy men, were arrested by the Madagascar Security Forces on March 1. 

Apart from these underworld criminals, there had been a foreign woman who posed as Harak Kata’s wife and a man who claimed to be her father.

This group was taken into custody by that country’s Security Forces and Sri Lanka was notified later. Madagascar’s Security Forces had expressed their agreement to hand over Harak Kata and Kudu Salindu against whom Red Notices had been issued by Interpol, to Sri Lanka according to international law.

Four officers of the CID and the STF left for Madagascar on Saturday, March 11 and had taken Harak Kata and Kudu Salindu into their custody yesterday (13).

Two Madagascar police officers also join..

According to police sources, two police officers from Madagascar were also involved in the operation to bring the suspects back to Sri Lanka.

The suspects had been brought from Madagascar to an airport in the Middle Eastern region in a plane belonging to an airline company of an African region.

The group had to stay at an airport in the Middle East region for several hours.

Sources revealed that during that time, Harak Kata and Kudu Salindu had been kept in a security cell at the airport.

The same sources also mentioned that during the arrival, Harak Kata and Kudu Salindu were afraid as they had not thought that they would be taken back to Sri Lanka.

The information further stated that they had even appealed to the officials not to endanger their lives. It is also said that the mobile phones which were found in the possession of the criminals by the Madagascar security forces have also been handed over to the special police team who left the country with the two of them.

Commenting on these mobile phones, a high-ranking Police officer said that it will be possible to discover information not only about Harak Kata and Kudu Salindu’s drug network, but also information regarding police officers and many others who were in contact with them in this country, with evidence.

Source – Daily News

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Tourists nowadays aren’t fools – Diana

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State Minister of Tourism Diana Gamage has warned that stern action will be taken promptly against those who are hostile to tourists visiting Sri Lanka.

She was responding to the media over the recent incident where a vendor had been hostile to a tourist over an overpriced Kottu.

Noting that tourists nowadays are not idiots and cannot be fooled, the State Minister urged such persons to refrain from such behaviour without harming the reputation of Sri Lanka as a hospitable, friendly tourist destination as well the livelihood of other such fellow businessmen as well.

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Complaint lodged over Piumi Hansamali’s possession of Gota’s Range Rover

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Mage Rata organization president Sanjaya Mahawatta today, lodged a complaint with the Illegal Assets Investigations Division, calling for an inquiry into model Piumi Hansamali using the Range Rover vehicle previously used  by former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

“It is clear that an election is near and politicians tend to inject all their saved black money into the upcoming election campaigns and it has become a good time for the people who engage with money laundering activities. 

“Accordingly, we have some doubts on how Piumi Hansamal managed to get the Range Rover vehicle (CBH 1949) which was used by former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

“The question arises whether the Range Rover vehicle was given to the former president or if Gotabaya has given it to Piyumi,” said Mahawatta and further alleged that the model currently resides in a super luxury apartment, owns other properties and leads an exceedingly luxurious lifestyle.

Therefore, there are suspicions that Piumi Hansamali is being utilized for money laundering activities involving politicians’ black money, he charged.

“Therefore, we have lodged a complaint with the Illegal Assets Investigations Division. The initial complaint pertains to the Range Rover vehicle previously associated with former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and its transfer to Piumi Hansamali. This vehicle is estimated to be worth Rs. 100 million. Questions arise regarding how the vehicle came into Piumi Hansamali’s possession, the reasons behind its transfer and how she could afford such a valuable asset while primarily engaged in selling cosmetics. Additionally, it is noted that Piumi Hansamali’s has not made any television appearances lately.

“I personally know several individuals who rely on selling cosmetics for their livelihoods. But they struggle to cover their daily expenses with their modest incomes. However, Piumi Hansamali reportedly spends lakhs of rupees daily and leads a lavish lifestyle. 

“The Mage Rata organization is vigilant over the extravagant spending of politicians during election campaigns and their potential involvement in money laundering activities,” he stated.

“Hence, we anticipate an immediate investigation into this complaint,” he added.

(dailymirror.lk)

(This story, originally published by dailymirror.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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SL hopes to continue discussion with bondholders

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State Finance Minister Shehan Semasinghe has said today (April 17) that Sri Lanka hopes to continue discussion with the bondholders with a view to reaching common ground ahead of the IMF board consideration of the second review of Sri Lanka’s EFF program.

Sri Lankan authorities continue to engage all debt restructuring negotiations in good faith, within principles of equitable treatment among creditors, and with maximum transparency within the norms of such negotiations, he has said.

The full statement of the State Minister is as follows :

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