PM required to testify before Bond Commission

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The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the controversial Issuance of Bonds today said it requires the testimony of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in order to "obtain a few clarifications and any other evidence which may be necessary".

Issuing a statement at the commencement of the today's session, the Commission noted that it had perused the affidavit given to the Commission by the Prime Minister and that the Commission had certain clarifications to be made.

"With regard to the questions forwarded to the Hon. Prime Minister by this Commission of Inquiry, we have received an affidavit affirmed to by the Prime Minister. The Commissioners have carefully perused this affidavit and we would like to obtain a few clarifications and any other evidence which may be necessary. Therefore, we will be requesting the Hon. Prime Minister to attend a Hearing of this Commission of Inquiry for that purpose" the statement said.

Accordingly, the Commission said that the date at which the Prime Minister would be required to attend the hearing would be notified in due course after ascertaining "with the Prime Ministers office the availability of the Hon. Prime Minister"

Submitting the affidavit, the Prime Minister earlier expressed his willingness to appear before the commission if necessary. The PCoI yesterday said the decision to summon the Prime Minister was made after thoroughly perusing the affidavit.

Although the statement issued earlier in the day said that the only other hearing would be for the purpose of the testimony of the Prime Minister, it was decided last evening that the Commission would conduct hearings on November 16.

The final report of the commission is due on December 8. In its statement the Commission said that it had to analyse lengthy testimonies of over 70 witnesses and over 450 documents are required prior to December 08, at which point the mandate of the Commission ends.

Full statement:

Statement made on November 2, 2017:

The Commission of Inquiry is holding this special Hearing today for the specific purpose of recording the evidence of a few more witnesses. This evidence has been obtained by the officers of the Hon.

Attorney General’s Department who are assisting this Commission of Inquiry. We have agreed with the submission made by the officers of the Hon. Attorney General’s Department, that this evidence may be relevant to our investigation and inquiry in terms of our mandate. That is why, despite the limited time available to us to prepare and finalize our report, we have decided to hold this special Hearing today.

With regard to the questions forwarded to the Hon. Prime Minister by this Commission of Inquiry, we have received an affidavit affirmed to by the Hon. Prime Minister. The Commissioners have carefully perused this affidavit and we would like to obtain a few clarifications and any other evidence which may be necessary. Therefore, we will be requesting the Hon. Prime Minister to attend a Hearing of this Commission of Inquiry for that purpose. The date on which that Hearing will be held, will be decided in due course and will be notified in the usual manner.

When deciding that date, we have to take in to account the fact that, Justice Jayawardena is recovering from surgery held on 17 October and finds it difficult to attend another Hearing for the next two weeks or so. Further, we think it appropriate to consult the Hon. Prime Minister office to ascertain the availability of the Hon. Prime Minister, when fixing the date of the Hearing.

Finally, at present, we are working very hard to prepare and finalize our report before our Mandate ends on

8 December, 2017

. As mentioned earlier, this complex task requires us to consider the evidence of over 70 witnesses, many of whom have given very lengthy testimonies and to analyse over 450 documents, many of which consist of a large number of pages. All this material has to be carefully read, understood and evaluated in order to make the findings and recommendations which are set out in the Mandate issued to us.(Shehan Chamika Silva)

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  • bushel_perera Thursday, 02 November 2017 07:37 PM

    SOME HOW DON'T GO

    Palugaswewa Thursday, 02 November 2017 07:45 PM

    In my opinion, evn three months ago was too late for this action.

    Aruna Thursday, 02 November 2017 08:09 PM

    Why a few clarifications? Get all clarifications if any doubts. PM is not above law and paid by a government salary with super luxurious benefits

    S.P.RAMKUMAR Thursday, 02 November 2017 09:13 PM

    Prime minister must request commission of inquiry that Perpetual Treasuries Limited must be ordered to return it's over profit to Government. Also Former finance minister have to face criminal charge against bribe and malfunction of public finance management. Also under inland revenue act,

    ceylon Thursday, 02 November 2017 09:17 PM

    this govrrnment has democracy.so government departments follow democracy.mahinda time did happen this kind of things. via DM Android App

    Harry Saturday, 04 November 2017 05:58 AM

    Ceylon - Don't talk nonsense! People changed Mahinda years back for good governance had it happened so far?

    ceylon Thursday, 02 November 2017 09:19 PM

    mahindas pm d m jayarathna got court with 260 kilo drugs.did that pm taken to court like this . via DM Android App

    Sahan Friday, 03 November 2017 12:36 PM

    Mahinda... Mahinda... Mahinda...

    Sara Friday, 03 November 2017 04:59 PM

    That PM's Son is Minister under MS??????

    Harry Saturday, 04 November 2017 06:02 AM

    Ceylon - Please avoid irrelevant comments to white wash the looters!

    Roy Friday, 03 November 2017 11:30 AM

    Get all the relevant question out now!He is the cunning man who appointed MA therefore is is fully responsible for the bond issue 100%

    Rowan Friday, 03 November 2017 03:38 PM

    A PM in any other democratic country would have resigned for the mere factor of appointing a foreigner in a top government position and that appointment made a huge loss to the country.


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