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Priyamali & paramour undertook eight luxury foreign trips: CID

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Thilini Priyamali, the owner of Thico Group, who defrauded billions of rupees from billionaires, had undertaken eight luxury foreign trips with her paramour, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) informed the court yesterday (18).

The CID informed this to the court after producing 26-year-old Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Isuru Shammika Bandara who is the paramour of 40-year-old Thilini Priyamali.

The CID submitted a report to the court and informed that the investigations revealed that Isuru Bandara who had acted as a director of Priyamali’s businesses had converted an amount of Rs. 80 million taken from Priyamali into US Dollars.

The suspect was arrested based on a complaint made by Abdul Hassan Kamal Hassan, who runs a foreign exchange centre at Bristol Street, Colombo, that he had defrauded him of 60,000 US Dollars, 100,000 Australian Dollars and one kilo of gold.

Police said the suspect had introduced Priyamali to Kamal Hassan and that he had also aided and abetted the large-scale fraud allegedly committed by her.

The suspect had recently sold a vehicle for Rs.30 million and police said a significant amount of the allegedly defrauded gold is in the possession of the suspect.

Police said the suspect had maintained a romantic relationship with Thilini Priyamali after getting to know each other through Facebook in 2019 and informed the court that they are conducting a comprehensive investigation regarding the transactions made by the suspect with Priyamali.

Meanwhile, CID said that he has appeared as her husband and she has also introduced him as her husband. It was said that Priyamali has addressed him as “Appachchi”.

The CID officials requested the court to remand the suspect as they are conducting a complex investigation into these frauds.

Accordingly, the Magistrate ordered that the suspect be remanded until today and ordered not to transfer the ‘Rexton’ type Jeep said to be in the possession of this suspect.

The case is scheduled to be taken up again today and Priyamali who is in remand custody will be produced in the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court.

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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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