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The Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division yesterday quizzed Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries Lakshman Wasantha Perera over a major Ethanol smuggling ring that also saw the alleged involvement of a former senior minister in the UPFA government.

The Deputy Minister who arrived at the FCID office yesterday morning was questioned for over two hours after which a statement was recorded.

According to FCID sources the Matale District Parliamentarian was quizzed about a stock of 60, 000 litres of Ethanol imported into the country from 2012 to 2014 by producing forged documents.

The Ethanol had been imported in the guise of being used to manufacture air fresheners but evidence had emerged to show that it had actually been used to produce alcohol.

The FCID had leant that the stock of Ethanol imported into the country had been sent to a leading liquor distillery in the North Western Province belonging to a former Cabinet Minister of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government.

The police had also found that the contraband had been transported to the said distillery from the Colombo Port in lorries belonging to the Cooperative Wholesale Establishment (CWE).

The sources said that they are currently recording statements from the persons involved in what has now been found to be a major Ethanol scam and said they were also trying to ascertain the degree of involvement of the former minister in the scam.

Meanwhile, two sons of the former minister were also summoned by the FCID to record a statement regarding the same scam, the sources said. (Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana)

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  • Unchikun Friday, 20 May 2016 11:14 AM

    A new drama unfolding. Nothing will happen under Yahapalanaya. We need SF to tackle this rouges.

    Premalal Friday, 20 May 2016 11:59 AM

    The degree of involvement of the minister? The damn distillery belongs to him so what more do you need?

    Sharon Friday, 20 May 2016 12:28 PM

    SF??? Are you serious???

    iemerald Friday, 20 May 2016 01:09 PM

    THE EVIDENCE SEEMS OVERWHELMING.WHEN CAN WE SEE THIS PIECE OF POOP BEHIND BARS. WILL THE YAHAPALANAYA MY3 ACT TO SPEED UP THIS.

    ala Friday, 20 May 2016 01:20 PM

    How is this man a deputy minister under this government. This government is the stupidest thing happened to SL and the people have again been taken for a ride. MS has put party before country. There is no hope for this country.

    Prasanna Friday, 20 May 2016 01:23 PM

    It answers the question as to why these guys wanted to Rise with Mahinda again and trying hard to sabotage Government efforts to move forward.

    Veda-mama Friday, 20 May 2016 01:27 PM

    Exactly. So far the fairytale shoes on and on with mere questions and statements. But, Alas!! Where is the final product? Still in the mak..maki..makin...making.

    Yasin Friday, 20 May 2016 06:50 PM

    My dear friends,If the government is imposing heavy taxes on this product how can it be imported legally into the country. After all we all know the many illegal activities of the previous regime(the current regime is an extension of the previous regime).FCID are fooling the people on instructions by MS and his band of corrupt and thieving ministers and other politicos in the govt. People are in dire straits and on top of this ( like the saying goes "gahen vettichcha minihata gona annalu ) we now have the terrible rains to cause more misery to the people, we therefore badly need the ethenol or whatever it is to drown our sorrows and misery in the bottle. So I implore the FCID, please let go of this one on humanitarian grounds.


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