Ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa's son Yoshitha, a Lieutenant in the Navy, and currently in remand custody on charges of financial irregularities at the Carlton Sports Network (CSN) would be sacked if found guilty of the charges, the Navy said today.
Navy Spokesman Akram Alavi said the Navy was also conducting two investigations in connection with Yoshitha's alleged unauthorized overseas travel and his involvement in politics while being a naval officer.
“Yoshitha had travelled abroad without the approval of the Navy Commander and had also engaged in political activities while being a naval officer. It was in the midst of these investigations that he was arrested on money laundering charges. He will be sacked from the Navy if found guilty of the money laundering charges,” Captain Alavi said.
The Defence Secretary had directed the Navy Commander to investigate how Yoshitha joined the Navy, how he received overseas scholarships, his alleged engagement in active politics and other activities while being a naval officer.
He joined the Navy in 2006 as a cadet officer and received his basic training at the Naval and Maritime Academy where he was promoted to Midshipmen and appointed aide-de-camp to his father the then president. He was commissioned as an Acting Sub Lieutenant in the Navy's Executive Branch in 2009.
The Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) questioned Yoshitha Rajapaksa at the Navy Headquarters on January 30, 2016 regarding alleged financial irregularities at the CSN.
Yoshitha and four others have been remanded until February 25. (Darshana Sanjeewa)
BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 17 February 2016 07:06
The Navy is not a private company to "sack" people. If a Naval Person is found fault breaking the laws and discipline required within the Navy, then actions such as disciplinary action, punishments and court martials are the correct thing and not simple "sacking".
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Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 17 February 2016 07:13
Simple; his father was the all mighty President of Sri Lanka and they never ever thought that they will be defeated; so they had their own way; to hell with the rules and regulations.
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navy-carlton Wednesday, 17 February 2016 11:52
“Yoshitha had travelled abroad without the approval of the Navy Commander and had also engaged in political activities while being a naval officer. " -why wait for carlton - he can be dealt with immedietly (by the Navy).Why this delay tactics
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ranmala Wednesday, 17 February 2016 12:29
Already there is enough and more evidence to sack him
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Copral Wednesday, 17 February 2016 14:17
I like to to see this same sort of a this happening to a regular Officer with no clout.... wonder how the Navy law applies then...
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rohan Wednesday, 17 February 2016 14:21
If he was a normal navy officer not related to vvip family, then he would have been sacked by long time back. why this double stand?
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Francisku De Silva Wednesday, 17 February 2016 14:22
What about his friends (street boys ) who were taken to Navy for playing rugby??? They also should be sacked for what they did and how they behaved when they had power with the pervious government.....
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Joe rajah Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:12
He is emperor of sri Lanka son people have the choice not the emperor he stole beggars money
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