While claiming that he was not willing to be a state witness in any court case, former UPFA MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena said today that one of the Rajapaksas was attempting to politically victimize him.
Addressing a media conference held in Colombo, he said he would soon disclose the details and reliable evidence against this particular Rajapaksa whom he described as the ‘invisible hand’ spewing out many ‘baseless’ allegations against him.
He said every politician had started pointing fingers at him without any proof for temporary political advantages. Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila and Sri Ranga Jeyaratnam (J. Sri Ranga) are some of the politicians who level various allegations against him in the media, he said.
“Recently, J. Sri Ranga has told a television programme that it was me who handled the technical dealings in SriLankan Airlines. I have not worked at SriLankan and I have no connection with it. Sri Ranga’s allegations are fabricated stories. Meanwhile, I called the CID over an article published in a leading Sinhala paper that the CID had informed the Court regarding some foreign bank accounts belong to me. I was informed by the CID that such incident has not taken place in the Court. I should emphasize that it is the responsibility of the media to double- check and verify the facts before they are published,” he said.
Commenting on the ongoing investigations against him at the Criminal Investigations’ Department (CID), Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) and the Bribery Commission, Mr. Gunawardena said all of them are probing on his assets which have been earned by him according to a formal procedure.
“I earned my properties in a transparent manner. I have not stolen anything from anyone. All my assets have been accounted properly.”
He said that the investigations have been initiated based on the complaints lodged by his political opponents.
He said the particular Rajapaksa was administrating more than 12 web sites which were used to sling mud at him.
“I will not stop my political career despite such baseless allegations. I will continue my politics with the SLFP. I have not made any deals with anyone. I performed my duties according to the principles of my party. I have not gone beyond that. A very wrong misinterpretation has been given about me to the people. I am not afraid of any one because I know that I am innocent,” he said.
When asked by a journalist about his stance on the joint opposition, he said it was just an ‘imagery’ of some politicians and that had no political basis. He also said that he did not intend to join them who had caused the division within the SLFP.
Speaking about the incident in 2014 involving him and Sri Lanka’s former High Commissioner Chris Nonis, Mr. Gunawardena claimed that he did not assault Mr. Nonis and only an argument took place between them. He said the minute incident had been blown up by this Rajapaksa for political purposes.
“We did not fight. There were plenty of people around us when the incident happened. It was just an argument that was caused when I was defending our former media secretary over some issue. I intend to disclose everything about that incident in detail very soon. I anyway apologized to Mr. Nonis the following morning. This personal matter should not be considered a national problem,” he said. (Piyumi Fonseka)
Pix by Kushan Pathiraja
Video by RM
Comments - 21
Nish Friday, 06 May 2016 07:56 PM
you my friend is a yahapalana saint now. you can go from saint to hero if you start attacking a rajapaksha.
Leo Friday, 06 May 2016 07:56 PM
With the blessing of MR this i**** ran riot now looks like hes searching for a political lifeline. via DM Android App
Lalith Friday, 06 May 2016 08:00 PM
Malik you genius. Not only you got a incompetent leader to be the SLFP chairman who UNP can easily defeat you played things around that now the president is completely surrounded with crooks. SLFP will be completely washed away if UNP and SLFP in this form go to an election.
Buwa Friday, 06 May 2016 08:02 PM
The next minister in the making of president sirisenas cabinet. Two minutes of silence to the voters who were fooled using sajins and mervins.
Eds Friday, 06 May 2016 08:12 PM
Aney paw, innocent baba!
gon Bass Friday, 06 May 2016 08:12 PM
In that case Chris Nonis may have hit himself and got admitted to a hospital with bleeding injuries. Kelaniya 2 scenario.
sarath Friday, 06 May 2016 08:25 PM
Sachij it is too late to deny the assault.
Sim Saturday, 07 May 2016 04:49 PM
How did a wharf clerk become an owner of petrol sheds and flying school with aircrafts?
TONY Friday, 06 May 2016 09:06 PM
CAN WE TRUST THIS GUY. HE IS NOT TALKING ABOUT HIS PETROL SHED ETC
REALPATRIAT Friday, 06 May 2016 09:08 PM
JR WITH SIGNED BLANK RESIGATION LETTER AND MR FILES WITH FRAUD DOCUMENTS TWO DICTATORS TWO REIN. .TO CONTROL THE GANG. via DM Android App
daily merry Saturday, 07 May 2016 05:08 PM
ane baba. I also like to be politically victimised like you. via DM Android App
iemerald Friday, 06 May 2016 09:17 PM
what goes round comes around. I hear a certain gentleman I stress a gentleman is laughing his socks off.
Horri Jimonis Friday, 06 May 2016 09:32 PM
He knows if he supports MS he could servive, than good for nothing rejected vessel Mahinda.
J Palitha Saturday, 07 May 2016 06:45 PM
Now he has to escape from his wrong doings committed when he was with MR. Ofcourse, MR who earned out of him in Millions.
Vijith Pieterz Saturday, 07 May 2016 06:50 PM
Too late putha, now one fine day, Vaas will relate all the hidden secrets of how MR looted our nation.
Horri Jimonis Saturday, 07 May 2016 06:53 PM
He has no other alternative to escape, that is why he is leaning unto MS. But he had earned and given nearly 115 Million to Mahinda.
Bubble Banda Saturday, 07 May 2016 06:58 PM
Do you know Vaas had given 12 million to Kirulapone May day rally. Ask from Gamampilla he who got this money.
Sincere Friday, 06 May 2016 10:22 PM
He knows how to change the tune and also compose new music with new lyrics!
Hiran Saturday, 07 May 2016 10:03 PM
You are not going to have a political career. So stop worrying about it.
Don Saturday, 07 May 2016 11:55 PM
This man talks about his political career!!! It is important for him to know that THIEFS, PLUNDERERS, CRIMINALS, CROOKS do not/ should not / must not have a 'political career'. The only 'career' he should have is a long career in jail. No political party should not have any connection with such people, NEVER !
Ratnayake Friday, 06 May 2016 07:43 PM
This man has repeatedly refused to fade away amidst so many damning allegations against him.
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