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Won't arrest politicians till elections over- FCID

22 July 2015 03:09 am - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

The Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division will not arrest any person who is suspected to have committed grave financial crimes, if he is contesting the forthcoming general elections,until the elections of August 17 are over, as such arrests may prejudice the voters against them or their parties, a senior officer said.

The special police unit which attracted much attention in the recent past by summoning a series of high profile politicians of the previous regime had decided to postpone the arrest of any such person against whom probes had been conducted and concluded, until the end of the elections, the source disclosed.

Instead of arresting politicians regardless of their background or themagnitude of their crimes, the FCID will seek Attorney General’s advice on each case, and act after the polls are concluded.

However, a source told Daily Mirror that none of the ongoing probes had been stalled or slowed down as alleged by some. He said the investigations were proceeding at a steady pace.

Recent moves to summon Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, and his attempts to seek an interim order against his arrest, plus a letter from the Elections Commissioner to allow all politicians to conduct their campaigns without prejudice were he main reasons for the decision, the source said.

Prasanna Ranatunga was first summoned to the FICD on July 13, the day nominations closed.

The unit has received over 1000 complaints regarding major and minor financial crimes, said to have been committed mostly under the previous regime. (Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana)

  Comments - 14

  • Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 22 July 2015 02:46 PM

    Yes, if they do that UPFA will be bereft of any candidates to contest the elections.

    Peratha Rajapakshe Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:09 AM

    First arrest Ranil he is the worst robber as at now.

    Labby Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:15 AM

    And if the government changes they wont be arrested at all. End of story.

    Peratha Rajapakshe Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:21 AM

    Why RW was not called by FCID for the Central Bank Issue?

    Amila Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:23 AM

    Very well. Is this the "Yahapalanaya Promises"? Moda harak. Criminals are freely doing their campaign to elect to the next parliament.

    Amila Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:23 AM

    Yahapalayana guys nodanneya own yana manaya........................ Unhiti than mathakaya adamanaya. .........Para kiyanne kelesada apahata. Yahapalanayatada parak nathihada manaya

    lalith Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:32 AM

    The law is blind and equal to all citizens. Does this new decision valid to other rogues and murderers as well.In that case we should have elections more regularly.What a paradise!!!

    Kadupol Jothywansa Wednesday, 22 July 2015 01:36 PM

    MR will be stage a fast to death like Weerawansa if FCID is not closed.

    Peratha Rajapakshe Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:39 AM

    Vote for MR. Thanks.

    Peratha Rajapakshe Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:41 AM

    When we come to power we will do that first like we did for SF.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 22 July 2015 01:44 PM

    These political criminals of UPFA will be arrested and put behind bars after 18/8/2015

    lkboy Wednesday, 22 July 2015 09:20 AM

    So who cares? If they have wronged they must be arrested.

    Cheers Wednesday, 22 July 2015 02:38 PM

    Did Maithree and ranil tell you along with chandrika

    haris Wednesday, 22 July 2015 09:40 AM

    Very good idea. List proved by PM will be worthless. New List will include RW, RS, Rk etc,

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