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Centre for Human Rights and Research (CHR) Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon said yesterday State Enterprises Development Minister Kabir Hashim and Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama, who was said to have participated in the first discussion with regard to the issuance of Central Bank Bonds in 2015, should be summoned before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI).

He told a news conference that there was an attempt to suppress the investigation of bond scam by passing the buck to Ravi Karunanayake, who was Finance Minister for the name sake, while Minister Kabir Hashim was the Subject Minister of State Banks and Central Bank was under Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

He said it was revealed by Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), audit reports and in the PCoI that the bond scam had begun from a meeting attended by Minister Hashim and Mr. Samarawickrama, who did not have any portfolio at that time but they had not been summoned before the commission so far.

He said the PCoI should give them an opportunity to reveal what they know about the bond issuance.

“They may not have involved in the scam but they are the best witnesses to reveal the truth,” he said.

Mr. Tennakoon said the commission was appointed to identify the people who were involved in the bond scam not to identify those who purchased houses or initiate business from Arjun Aloysius’ money.

He said those who were behind the bond scam should not be allowed to get away by hiding behind Ravi Karunanayake.(Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • Land of who's Monday, 09 October 2017 10:11 AM

    BALAY THIYENAKOTA MOLAY NO. MOLAY THIYANEKOTA..........

    Janaka Monday, 09 October 2017 10:43 AM

    So called strategists in the govt know only to sell our strategic assets to foreigners.

    fareed Monday, 09 October 2017 12:10 PM

    What did they sell? Selling and leasing are not the same.

    Piyasoma Monday, 09 October 2017 10:46 AM

    If the govt does not bring them to justice the next govt will.

    Indika Monday, 09 October 2017 10:50 AM

    Waiting for the elections to get rid of the undesirables

    AjithZ Monday, 09 October 2017 01:11 PM

    Hope so. However, with our voters its very unlikely. They keep voting to crooks.

    Asitha Monday, 09 October 2017 11:07 AM

    So Ravi became the escape goat. Malik is a master of highway robberies while Kabir too is involved in CEB scandals.

    ceylon Monday, 09 October 2017 12:51 PM

    where is the casess of trillions .niw allready over 3 to13 years old national roberies. via DM Android App

    Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 09 October 2017 01:18 PM

    Everybody is forgetting Ranil the Man, Man behind.

    Jaliya Monday, 09 October 2017 02:35 PM

    They may not have involved in the scam but they are the best witnesses to reveal the truth. Do you think a crook will turn in another ? You don't need to transfer money ...... just being in the meeting is good enough to hold you accountable.

    laksiri Monday, 09 October 2017 04:49 PM

    all criminals and what to investigate? we had thousnad of such commission in this country what happen all such report where it ended-up? this too will be same .


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