Bigger fish may have escaped: Keheliya

17 December 2013 03:45 pm - 25     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Cabinet spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella today declined to comment on the alleged involvement of Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne in the heroin container controversy and claimed there was the possibility of some of the bigger fish getting away.

“The heroin container was in Colombo for transshipment. The coordinating secretary has asked that only two months’ tax be waived. Therefore, my impression is that there may be bigger fish that got away unnoticed. The brains behind this racket have not been arrested,” he told journalists at the weekly Cabinet news briefing.

The minister admitted that the notorious heroin container-fiasco allegedly involving Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne’s coordinating secretary had caused ‘huge and serious’ damage to the government’s credibility locally and internationally.

He said the matter was under investigations and the law would take its course and if there was a prima facie case then the suspects would be prosecuted.
When asked by journalists as to why the Prime Minister had not resigned and his coordinating secretary not arrested, the minister said he could not make any comments other than to say that a formal investigation is underway.  

“This is the worst case scenario faced by the government and the country. What I can tell you is that an investigation has been launched,’ he added. (Sandun A. Jayasekera) (Pix by Waruna Wanniarachchi)

  Comments - 25

  • Fazly Wednesday, 18 December 2013 04:12 AM

    i hope he does not step on any slippery eel.. anytime soon !

    Vas Wednesday, 18 December 2013 04:14 AM

    Big fish small fish fat fish are all in the gvt

    Grace Tuesday, 17 December 2013 03:57 PM

    If so who should be held responsible for the bigger fishes to get away?

    Mattson Wednesday, 18 December 2013 04:27 AM

    Could our 'Dr'. Silva be involved?

    Goofy Tuesday, 17 December 2013 04:26 PM

    The big fish has not got away, he is singing praise of his boss in parliament out of tune.

    Gamarala Tuesday, 17 December 2013 05:01 PM

    The law will never take its course unless it is administered properly. That is the main problem in our country. The law is not adhered to in many of the criminal cases.

    Vijith Pieterz Wednesday, 18 December 2013 04:55 AM

    If I am sure you are not the Big Fish who escaped Sir.

    sara Tuesday, 17 December 2013 05:37 PM

    What a joke of a government. Shame Shame !!

    yoga Tuesday, 17 December 2013 05:42 PM

    He is talking about himself

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:42 AM

    Big or small, they are all inside the government. So, who is the minister trying to fool - is he sleep-talking.

    crazyboy Tuesday, 17 December 2013 06:00 PM

    Hon Minister do you consider this is huge reputation loss than many other incidents how about sending KARUNA AMMAN with a forged passport and visa appplied through foreign ministry

    kane Tuesday, 17 December 2013 06:01 PM

    Cuprits are covered under the dyed hair, beard and eye-glasses.

    INTERSERVE Wednesday, 18 December 2013 05:30 AM

    take a wild guess

    Citizen Wednesday, 18 December 2013 12:04 AM

    who let them escape??

    dIREsTRAITS Wednesday, 18 December 2013 12:12 AM

    Bigger fish are in the diyawannaoya everyday in their best

    dIREsTRAITS Wednesday, 18 December 2013 12:13 AM

    You can catch and stop a terror mastermind like Praba but not a drug dealer ?

    Thomas Ranger Wednesday, 18 December 2013 05:32 AM

    What he is saying is that there are bigger fish than DM Jayaratne in his own Ministry.

    Cobra Wednesday, 18 December 2013 12:43 AM

    And some of those big fish are very silent and in their best behavior since the detection of the heroin container!!!

    sanju Wednesday, 18 December 2013 05:42 AM

    Bigger fish than the prime mininster ???
    Hmmmm. Now who could that be ?????

    mohamed asfar Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:32 AM

    oh my god..........................shame.........................this cabinet spokesman is worse than the heroin importer. why can't he stay home if he can't reply to questions ?

    Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 18 December 2013 06:10 AM

    Certainly yes, but under their own beds, may be.

    taurus Thursday, 19 December 2013 03:06 AM

    They have got so fat and big, that it is impossible to catch them with nets or fishing line.

    Samare Wednesday, 18 December 2013 02:31 AM

    I thought the only fish bigger is the royal family.

    Anu Thursday, 19 December 2013 05:04 AM

    There is only one fish bigger than the PM. Ha ha

    Anu Thursday, 19 December 2013 05:06 AM

    or urinating through the aircraft window!

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