Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, who claimed that he received Rs. 100,000 from Perpetual Treasuries Ltd (PTL) owner Arjun Aloysius for his election campaign, said today he could refund it with interest, if needed.
He told media after an event at the Sri Lanka Foundation institute in Colombo that it was a normal practice for businessmen to contribute for election campaigns, not only in Sri Lanka but also in other countries in the world.
“No one can say that I took Rs. 100,000 from bond scam money. Businessmen contribute for election campaigns and we use them as petty cash in day-today activities of the campaign. I have nothing to hide,” he said.
Minister Fonseka said politicians had to seek money when needed for political campaigns and added that it was not amounted to bribe.
“I contributed Rs. 600,000 to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s election campaign in 2005 after Gotabhaya Rajapaksa appealed to me. This happens all over the world, even in USA. It is not a bribe.
Those who contribute may expect some benefit but I am not someone, who resorts to illegal things as support in return. We cannot reject such offers in politics as we may make political opponents, if we do so. What I did was not illegal,” he said.
Minister Fonseka claimed on Wednesday in Kandy that Aloysius had given him Rs.100, 000 for his election campaign and that he could not remember whether it was cheque or in cash.
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Comments - 38
Unchikun Thursday, 31 May 2018 01:00 PM
The cats are jumping out of the bag. Money taken from a bank robber cannot be justified. All these big takers shouted about curruption. Now this!!!
Flanker Thursday, 31 May 2018 01:43 PM
Wonder why it took so long for Fonseka to reveal it. It is indeed a bribe and he should be prosecuted.
Rasheed Thursday, 31 May 2018 02:45 PM
Even Maharaja Group gave money to both SLFP and UNP, what do you say for that.
Johan Thursday, 31 May 2018 04:25 PM
When will the balance 117 cats jump from the bag p
Ashi Thursday, 31 May 2018 01:24 PM
Ya, it happens every where, but it is bad, too bad for democracy.Just because it happens every where you can't make it good. Since when USA become the role model ?You can't believe that buggers for even 3 years, they will change the stance by 180 degree in very less time. look what happened to Iran.
LOOK Thursday, 31 May 2018 01:26 PM
If SF took this 100, 000 is to cover-up the bond scam, he never would have taken that much of a small amount. Let's be logical and practical. If he wanted to help Arjun for the bond scam, he would have got more money. Personally, I as a normal citizen would not have taken money to help covering up such a huge scam just for ONE LAKH.
Ksara Thursday, 31 May 2018 01:28 PM
I don't think he took money for that bond scam. The money has been taken years before this bond scam took place. Don't look at him in the same angle we look at Ranil.
Aava Thursday, 31 May 2018 01:31 PM
All those who got money from Aloysious businessman during the election campaign, could not be those who helped him in the bond scam.
Manchikan Thursday, 31 May 2018 01:32 PM
Rs. 100, 000 to help covering up such a massive and huge fraud? Else u must have got more money orrr u have genuinely received this money for ur election campaigns
Chari Thursday, 31 May 2018 01:34 PM
What a disgrace. Bond Scam is from Public Money.... Central Bank. People are made to pay Taxes to recover this.
cheers Thursday, 31 May 2018 01:40 PM
He is caught now for him to pay with interest from where has the money come
Ganesh Thursday, 31 May 2018 01:43 PM
What is wrong in his argument when somebody contributes to someone who is in need of same .However SF is honest saying to pay back with interest in case it is either requested or demanded .He has had no chance to reveal this until some other one confides to public .
ANTON Thursday, 31 May 2018 01:50 PM
NOW GAMMANPILA WOULD SAY, " I TOOK ONLY 100 RS FROM NORMAL PEOPLE"
Raj Thursday, 31 May 2018 01:50 PM
This shows that like in the USA, all election campaign financing has to be transparent. Public should know who gives what for election campaigns and there should be a maximum limit like USD 130,000 in the United States, our country should have much smaller limit.
Vipin B Thursday, 31 May 2018 02:19 PM
Two points to be made very clear.(a). If a wrong thing is happening everywhere, we also doing it does not justify we are doing the right thing. What is wrong is wrong - no matter how many are doing it.(b). Telling the truth when a person is trapped and he has no other choice but to tell it is not the most honest gesture.
Haramanis Thursday, 31 May 2018 02:34 PM
SF - please try bathing in milk to cleanse yourself!! - the fact of the matter is that you took what has amounted to a bribe, a santhosam, or whatever spin you might put on it. Aloysius obviously expected a quid pro quo.....
Lion Thursday, 31 May 2018 02:43 PM
At least SF has guts to say that and others also should come forward and disclose their stakes in the whole affair.
Rasheed Thursday, 31 May 2018 02:47 PM
Check the date of the payment, then come to the conclusion. If the money is given after the Bond issue, then it is quesionable.
Ravichandran Sunday, 03 June 2018 09:01 AM
Yes you are right!
K shantha Thursday, 31 May 2018 03:54 PM
Dayasiri took Rs 1m and SF took Rs 1 lak. Who is innocent and who is rogue. Remove your coloured glasses and decide
Hemal Tuesday, 05 June 2018 02:56 PM
Both are guilty of taking bribes. Even if it is Rs. 1.00 a bribe is a bribe.
king Mihiraj Thursday, 31 May 2018 04:00 PM
Oh my ! Mr Clean !!! Well, Not a surprise, we knew that you are not clean anyway.
Ravi Saturday, 02 June 2018 01:51 PM
All the citizens of this country has DNA that is full of corruption - 100%
Jayasekera Thursday, 31 May 2018 04:17 PM
Not a single honest person. All our people can be bought. Even if it means the country goes to hell.
Unchikun Thursday, 31 May 2018 04:56 PM
Yes, it looks like it a auction to me.
randeniya Thursday, 31 May 2018 04:37 PM
"Thelijja gahe nagga ekath ohoma kiwwa"
Gamaya Thursday, 31 May 2018 04:42 PM
What is objectionable is the 600 000 you contributed to the M R fund in 2005 when you were a military officer. That's very bad.
Antony Thursday, 31 May 2018 04:51 PM
When former President was accused of violating human rights during the final war with LTTE, he said the same. Why is it the developed countries chase behind his wrong things when America, England, Israel has done bigger damages when they confronted Iraq, Libya, Palestine etc. Just because some powerful country or an individual does a wrong and escape from law doesn't mean all others too should be permitted destroy people countries or rob money. If SF has taken 5 cents from someone for his beneficial campaigns, then it is illegal money. Wrong, is wrong. Full stop.
Thusitha Thursday, 31 May 2018 04:57 PM
At least SF had guts to say that.
Hemal Tuesday, 05 June 2018 02:58 PM
Not only Dayasiri had more guts as he was first
firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 31 May 2018 09:40 PM
Sri Lanka needs to be cleaned just as Malaysians did. But all Sri Lankan politicians are rogues. not a single elected politician on the top without a clean sheet. All criminals to be barred from contesting.
Haleem Thursday, 31 May 2018 09:49 PM
Politicians should prepare campaign account after election that should be audited and a list of all donors above Rs100,000 disclosed. This should be a must. Also a limit should be set for campaign spend.
Sam Thursday, 31 May 2018 10:04 PM
Blaming others and he also corrupt, always come with dirty mouth and this time he admitted he accepted bribe.What a clean person is SF..
Don sarath Thursday, 31 May 2018 10:39 PM
All politicians now come out and justify their stand. If you all were honest, you should have refunded their money the moment PTL was announced guilty,,, if Alloysias contributed to these ministers election campaign, its no wonder how much money he would contributed to the presidential elections,,,, parties doesn’t matter for these people, they will loot even at day light,,,,
Ajja Friday, 01 June 2018 06:07 PM
Dont do Politics if you dont have Money that is why we had gentlemen in Politics during good old days....
Ravi Saturday, 02 June 2018 01:54 PM
Today, its beggers who come to politics and become powerful kings
Ravi Saturday, 02 June 2018 01:46 PM
Cant remember if it was cash or cheque? So, how many similar deals were you involved with?
Joe Silva Tuesday, 05 June 2018 07:34 AM
how about prosecuting the people who gave the money ????
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