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The Finance Ministry yesterday rejected reports that Finance Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had forced the customs department to release a person who had attempted to smuggle out US dollars amounting to 53,455 from the country.

The amount of dollars had been confiscated by the customs from an Iranian and the money is said to be the salary received by the Iranians who work under the Uma Oya project.

The Iranians are taking home their salary in this way due to the non-transaction between Sri Lankan and Iranian banks and Iranian Ambassador had made a request to allow these Iranian workers to take home their salary in this way on sympathetic grounds.

Accordingly, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as the Finance Minister had instructed the customs to return the money to the Iranian, the Finance Ministry said. It also said that this was not the first time the Iranians took money to their country in this way and in a similar incident another Iranian national was also given back his confiscated money in June this year during the former Finance Minister's tenure

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  • Dallas Wednesday, 28 November 2018 06:23 AM

    Yahapalanaya supporters are spreading lies as of there is no tomorrow.There(Yahapalanaya) government was built on lies and is the main reason why it will get defeated squarely in next elections.Things built on lies can not be sustained in the medium to long run

    Raven Wednesday, 28 November 2018 06:44 AM

    Kid-glove treatment, eh?

    concern Wednesday, 28 November 2018 06:48 AM

    If Iranians could take money out what they have earned, why can't the Sri Lankans take their money out what they have earned legally without any red tape ?.

    Vernon Wednesday, 28 November 2018 09:28 AM

    Any foreigner is allowed to take out money earned by them in FC. Sri Lankans cannot take out money earned in LKR. This is quite fair.


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