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Nirosha Nishanthi released on bail

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A woman named Nirosha Nishanthi, who was arrested while in hiding after defrauding millions of rupees from a large number of people living in Galle and surrounding areas by assuring to pay high interests, was released on a surety bail of Rs.50 million by the Galle Magistrate’s Court.

The Illegal Assets Investigation Division of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has received information that this woman has also been engaged in a racket of importing and distributing expensive foreign liquor under the guise of re-exporting them.

A separate investigation has been launched into this as well. It has been revealed that she received the support of corrupt Customs officials in this smuggling.

One such Customs officer has been identified and the CID officers have interrogated him.

Upon questioning, he said that he had given her money as a depositor and was defrauded by her. However, the investigation revealed that the Customs officer has not made any complaint to the police in this regard.

An analysis of the phone records showed that the said Customs officer and the suspect woman contacted each other frequently.

The woman has taken money from many people saying that she will invest in a business of importing and selling liquor.

She had been unable to pay back her customers after a consignment of foreign liquor imported under the guise of re-shipment was stuck at the Customs or was unable to import the consignment as assured.

Investigations revealed that there were people who had given her more than Rs.10 million in cash.

In the past, there was a racket of importing expensive alcohol from European countries under the guise of re-exporting them to the Maldives. As a part of this racket, Customs seals were broken at the warehouses, bottles of alcohol were removed from containers and then replaced with bottles of water and finally Customs seals were placed again before shipping those containers to the Maldives.

The police and Customs were able to uncover this smuggling.

The Illegal Assets Investigation Division said that this woman is also suspected to have carried out a similar smuggling and a comprehensive investigation is being conducted in this regard.

On August 21, she was arrested by the CID officers for illegally amassing assets by defrauding the people.

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Cabinet decision to suspend ‘Parate Executions’

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All Parate Executions have been suspended until Dec. 15, as per a Cabinet decision made today (26 Feb.).

The relevant proposal was furnished by President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance, following a request made by Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, and Minister of Industries Ramesh Pathirana.

Accordingly, the relevant amendments are due to be presented before the Parliament soon.

State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya had informed Parliament last week that steps will be taken to suspend the powers of the ‘Parate execution’ law for a certain period for the purpose of protecting the small and medium-scale entrepreneurs (SMEs).

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Deshabandu Tennakoon appointed as IGP

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Deshabandu Tennakoon has been appointed as 36th Inspector General of Police in Sri Lanka.

President’s Secretary, Saman Ekanayake had handed over his appointment letter earlier today afternoon (Feb. 26).

Since Nov. 29, 2023, Tennakoon served as the Acting IGP. Deshabandu Tennakoon joined the police service in 1998 as an Assistant Superintendent of Police.

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Palestinian PM resigns

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Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh has announced the resignation of his government, which rules parts of the occupied West Bank, due to the escalating violence in the occupied territory and the war on Gaza.

“The decision to resign came in light of the unprecedented escalation in the West Bank and Jerusalem and the war, genocide and starvation in the Gaza Strip,” said Shtayyeh, who submitted his resignation to Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday.

“I see that the next stage and its challenges require new governmental and political arrangements that take into account the new reality in Gaza and the need for a Palestinian-Palestinian consensus based on Palestinian unity and the extension of unity of authority over the land of Palestine,” he said.

Shtayyeh’s comments come as US pressure grows on Abbas to shake up the PA and begin work on a political structure that can govern a Palestinian state following the war.

However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has on numerous occasions rejected calls for the PA under Abbas to take control of a Palestinian state and govern Gaza.

Last week, Israeli lawmakers backed Netanyahu’s rejection of any “unilateral” recognition of a Palestinian state.

“The Knesset came together in an overwhelming majority against the attempt to impose on us the establishment of a Palestinian state, which would not only fail to bring peace but would endanger the state of Israel,” said Netanyahu.

(Aljazeera)

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