The former Chief Operating Officer of the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) Saliya Wickremasuriya was arrested by the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) today for allegedly misappropriation of some Rs.130 million in the tsunami funds, police said.
Wickremesuriya was remanded by Colombo Magistrate's Court until May 12.
RADA was established in November 2005 by then President Mahinda Rajapaksa as a Special Agency responsible for overseeing rehabilitation and development following the tsunami and directly responsible to the President.
Hiran Gunawardena Saturday, 9 May 2015 20:45
Financial crime. What about that bank thief Mahendran You lot are real jokers. via DM Android App
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Domiya Saturday, 9 May 2015 22:06
Aiyo Hiran you MR stooge. At least be happy that Saliya has been investigated and arrested after been proven guilty. SImilarly, if Mahendran is also guilty he should be arrested. Stop making petty stupid comments. 130mn USD is not peanuts. And that too from tsunami victims. Saliya should be ashamed. But what to do, directly responsible to the former president. MR been the original tsunami thief was probably behind this too.
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Tomsam Saturday, 9 May 2015 20:54
Is this the same guy who was the ambassador to usa?
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Bala Sunday, 10 May 2015 08:09
USA was Jaliya, a cousin. Saliya is another cousins son.
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TONY Saturday, 9 May 2015 20:55
OMG. LUCKILY MR WAS NOT RE-ELECTED AS EXEC PRESIDENT. HAD HE BEEN SUCCESSFUL I DO NOT KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO THE FUNDS OF THE COUNTRY
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LogicalCitizen Saturday, 9 May 2015 22:09
Do u first of all blindly believe politically motivated FCID?
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Veda-mama Sunday, 10 May 2015 13:59
ALL SRI LANKANS WILL BE ISSUED BEGGING BOWLS...EXCEPT TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE LICENSED TO PUT THEIR HANDS INTO THOSE BOWLS.
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Martin Saturday, 9 May 2015 20:56
Lets agree that the more these goons start complaining about "political witchhunts" the more backdated the corruption investigations will be. Starting at 2005 sounds like a good starting point for the FCID.
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de silva Saturday, 9 May 2015 21:09
Really in remand or in the merchant ward.>
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Gajaba Saturday, 9 May 2015 21:27
Be fair in what you do. You know what will happen to the headhunters once the regime changes.
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sss Saturday, 9 May 2015 21:54
That is a good idea. Let us steal as much as possible and look afetr each other - happened since independence
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asfar Saturday, 9 May 2015 22:55
Because of people like saliya we are still a poor country. Understand.
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Fair N Square Sunday, 10 May 2015 07:27
what is UNFAIR in naming shaming and Jailing crooks who plundered the money the rightly belongs to teh PUBLIC ?
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Bala Sunday, 10 May 2015 08:12
Unfortunately it is the fairness and transparency that the opposition is making use of to complain. Earlier no one dared to complain at all - the famous slave mentality.
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Bala Sunday, 10 May 2015 08:13
Let us all leave no room for a regime change - heaven help Sri Lanka.
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Sikuru7 Sunday, 10 May 2015 08:53
It seems we have another MR apologist to help Hiran gunawardana
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Bala Sunday, 10 May 2015 13:00
Hiran and Gajaba should be encouraged to air their views and if wrong convince them otherwise - do not label them. Remember Yahapalanaya -everyone to be heard. Example see My3 heard out MR.
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Lima Saturday, 9 May 2015 21:45
THIS GUY SALIYA IS THE FIRST COUSIN OF MR , BROTHER OF JALIYA (EX AMBASSADOR OF USA), NOW SEE WHO ARE THE ROBBERS. THE WORLD KNOWS MANGALA IS RIGHT WITH 18B USD ROBBERY INVESTIGATION
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ACA Saturday, 9 May 2015 21:52
We may have to lease one of the islands from Maldives to build a prison for Alibaba and thieves.
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BV Saturday, 9 May 2015 22:58
IF YOU GO TO THINK OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN WHEN THE REGIME CHANGES YOU WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO PUNISH A ROGUE. via DM Android App
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onlooker Saturday, 9 May 2015 23:04
Mahinda should know where the money went
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cyril n Saturday, 9 May 2015 23:56
Was RADA one of first to be set up by MR when he became president in Nov.2005.? What a way to start.
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Akram Sunday, 10 May 2015 06:05
FCID director (the chief head hunter) himself is crook. So I guess nothing will happen to the head hunters. If you google the DIG name you would learn more about him. He gives PhD degree a bad name.
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Bala Sunday, 10 May 2015 15:31
Googled : http://mvus.ru/en/about-ihac/142-phd-degree-for-dig-ravi-waidyalankara.html.Seems a good degree much better than Archarya Mervin.
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Ram Sunday, 10 May 2015 06:23
Many are interested why Mahendran was not taken to rask. There was a report made that appear to be biased. The issue is before SC the highest court and they are independent now. Let us wait for their decision. Let FCID carry on with what is on their hands
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Mailmen Sunday, 10 May 2015 12:00
They stole money from the country so techically they stole my money as well. Call it a witchhunt curbing corruption revenge call it what ever. No one can get away robbing my country and me period. via DM Android App
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Calistus Jayatilleke Sunday, 10 May 2015 16:07
How about re-opening the Helping Hambanthota case and arrest the main culprit who robbed Tsunami funds as well.
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n.patkunam Monday, 11 May 2015 08:59
Pl recall exchiefjustice Sarah silva remarks about his judgement as to save MR
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