Several powerful personalities of the previous government will have to be arrested based on the information divulged by underworld narcotics kingpin ‘Wele Suda’, Public Order and Disaster Management Minister John Amaratunga told parliament today.
"Wele Suda has divulged plenty of information and we are sorry to say that we will have to arrest powerful people of the previous regime," the minister said in response to a question asked by Opposition MP Shantha Bandara.
He asked whether the documents which contain important details divulged by underworld figure Wele Suda had gone missing.
The minister said he was unable to answer that question because he would have to mention the names of certain MPs if he did so.
He said Wele Suda had confirmed that an Opposition MP had obtained Rs.1.2 million from him.
The minister said a bank book had been taken to custody while more documents would be secured in the next few days.
Wele Suda who was abroad at the time of his arrested and brought back to Sri Lanka after the present Government assumed office in January this year
Dear Minister...how about cuffing your hands first for all the crimes you yourself has committed in the reason past for a start???
mack Saturday, 21 March 2015 11:35 AM
do it fast the former are starting to bark at the present via DM Android App
simon Saturday, 21 March 2015 04:31 AM
Same old stories different versions and ends no where !
ahamed Saturday, 21 March 2015 12:14 PM
This is not your task just leave the authority interdependently to administer the law and order, UNP now trying to rehabilitate the party by using this temporary provision by doing nothing to country.
Ceylonese Saturday, 21 March 2015 12:16 PM
Ada nowe heta. (not today only tomorrow) via DM Android App
Afro Saturday, 21 March 2015 08:38 PM
Is this a thriller movie or a suspense one as usual?
Observer Saturday, 21 March 2015 04:52 AM
I think we heard enough of "arrest of powerful previous Gov. officials" !! This will never happen...so, get on with the work that needs to be done for a "safe and prosperous" Lanka! We want to see the "Yahapalanaya"!!
Kolannawa Kolla Saturday, 21 March 2015 01:00 PM
Mhhh, When? Why not now???? waiting to come to a amount deal????? it wont be surprise us if that so also. because the whole nation knew who you all are!!!!!!
hiran Gunawardena Saturday, 21 March 2015 01:02 PM
how did you got away with that no confidence motion. Did you beg to Wimal not to bring it up. via DM Android App
Push Saturday, 21 March 2015 06:00 AM
So why not arrest. There has been enough talking but no action.
Euclid Saturday, 21 March 2015 01:17 PM
Oops! Who will spend for your elections!
FAROOK Saturday, 21 March 2015 06:20 AM
t would be appreciated if the names of the ministers andMPs disclosed asap.
willowsd Saturday, 21 March 2015 06:21 AM
what a joker, should have impeached?
Pathi Saturday, 21 March 2015 02:01 PM
Only talks, no action....!Nothing will happen to anyone.
Citizen Perera Saturday, 21 March 2015 09:39 PM
Start with disclosure. Followed by enclosure of suspects in hospitals and prisons. When ransom is paid to for their release, then finish off with cover-up and closure. Good job in managing the circus.
Push Saturday, 21 March 2015 09:43 PM
A notorious drug dealer like Wele Suda divulged the name of an MP who has had dealings with him. What more is needed to arrest the person? What would be the outcome if this happened in another country such as Singapore or England?
sg Saturday, 21 March 2015 07:11 AM
Implement law and order without any differences and discover all the culprits who involved these kind of drugs cases in Sri Lanka . That is the duty of new government behalf of the people.
s Kalapage Saturday, 21 March 2015 02:29 PM
horu anunta horu kyamin shape wenawaa.
Preethi W Saturday, 21 March 2015 09:59 PM
Whilst I was (and am still is somewhat) an ardent believer of good governance, and thus actively supported the change of regime on the 8th of Jan-2015, and today after 73 days of "Good Governance" we are still most likely in the first few days. John A has been a double agent all the while and I cannot understand why Ranil wanted him in his cabinet.I am lost for words.Preethi W, PhD.
de silva Saturday, 21 March 2015 02:32 PM
So when will be they taken in to custody.After the 23rd April it will not happen because your government will not be in power.
damithw Saturday, 21 March 2015 07:42 AM
Arm-less bodies , and headless bodies found in some lakes in Sri Lanka. Hope these are NOT the witnesses for proving those Drug cases . Delaying will allow diminishing evidence in this multi-billion drug cases. Hope RW and MS knows what is going on in the country.
gerard mano Saturday, 21 March 2015 10:30 PM
Sri Lanka is the only country that announces arrest possibilities, so that criminals can disappear. Jaya Wewa
kondaya77 Saturday, 21 March 2015 10:34 PM
All talk! Go ahead and make an arrest. John is also a party to this?
Nihal Amarasekera Saturday, 21 March 2015 07:58 AM
Marking time to move??
lakshman Saturday, 21 March 2015 11:51 PM
Only a media show. All are in the same boat.
sena Saturday, 21 March 2015 03:30 PM
Talk Talk and Talk all by the politicians . When are we going to see actions and of course the officials. Its best for the politicians to keep quiet until there is official action.
Honest Man Saturday, 21 March 2015 11:54 PM
Enough is enough. Since January 9th you have been telling stories. So far no arrest has been made. Looks likr there is nothing you can do. You will continue to give media statements for another few months. Ranil is with Rajapakses so nothing can be done. Get rid off Ranil sooner before we kick that chap.
cyril n Saturday, 21 March 2015 03:31 PM
If sufficient evidence is available there should not be any delay in arresting anyone. The people are not happy with press announcements only but action in real terms please.
Voter Saturday, 21 March 2015 08:28 AM
So far all talk - no action via DM Android App
Nelum Saturday, 21 March 2015 08:31 AM
Why say "we are sorry to say that we will have to arrest powerful people of the previous regime," ???Just arrest them.No one is above the law!
dona Saturday, 21 March 2015 09:03 AM
Punishment should be given to all guilty people wether they are former VIPs or not. The law should be the same to the begger as well as to the president.
slwala Saturday, 21 March 2015 09:08 AM
This way of extracting information from a criminal like Wele Sudda cannot be taken for granted if those allegations cannot be substantiated with concrete evidence. Hearsay statements have to be proven before they could do anything. If one is to read into the comment made John Amaratunge, it looks like they are paving some kind of a path to have former President involved in this case, so that he could be prevented from contesting in the up coming Parliamentary elections.
Lima Saturday, 21 March 2015 09:25 AM
SO WHEN WILL MAHINDA , GOTA , DUMINDA , ETC WILL BE ARRESTED , STILL WE ARE WAITING , ONLY NEWS ON THE PAPER , ACCORDING TO LANKA E-NEWS RAJ MAHENDRAN OF MAHARAJA IS TRYING TO THROW RANIL AND MANGALA AS PER NEWS ITEM , TRYING TO BRING BACK MAHINDA , THIS LOOKS SO DANGEROUS , WHO IS WATCHING ALL THESE , WHY THE PUBLIC IS BEEN SILENT , ARE WE GOING BACK AGAIN TO BARBARIAN ERA
Fair N Square Saturday, 21 March 2015 05:06 PM
MR John.. U said quote" The minister said he was unable to answer that question because he would have to mention the names of certain MPs if he did so. He said Wele Suda had confirmed that an Opposition MP had obtained Rs.1.2 million from him. - unquote.. This is an irresponsible statement my a Parliamentarian.. SO U parliamentarians can hide certain facts to cover your ilk and NOT be transparent and arrest who is involved? SHAME ON YOU... we sent MR home hoping the culprits would be brought to book, seems you lot whether the cronies of the old govt or of the new govt..ALL are CROOKS... IF you are hiding things from the Parliament YOU ARE NOT FIT TO BE in the Legislature... Is it a case of YOU scratch my back I scratch yours..
Ahimsa Saturday, 21 March 2015 09:36 AM
it can be anyone, every one knows that without political back in, cursed drugs can not enter Srilanka thousands of families got completely ruined if proper action is not taken this will boomerang on the present Government big or small proper action must be taken.
Deceived voter Saturday, 21 March 2015 09:48 AM
First Arrest all of them without puseedi talks. Kochchikade giyaen passé atha wanala wedak ne.
Euclid Saturday, 21 March 2015 10:00 AM
This man is "All Fart and No Shit". It is better he join is good friend MR at the next elections. MR needs his help via the invisible hand.
kondaya77 Friday, 20 March 2015 11:38 PM
Arrest them without making prior a announcement. It should be the police who make such announcements not a crooked politician.
HellWelcomes Saturday, 21 March 2015 05:53 PM
if you delay in taking action against VIP culprits, you will pay a heavy price after the parliamentary elections.
Copral Saturday, 21 March 2015 10:22 AM
Arrest...!? U mean "will be called to record statements"...! In banana republic all VIP culprits are happily back home after giving statement to authorities. Only common man is booked as per book. Please show us that this situation is not true as per "Good Governance".
BV Saturday, 21 March 2015 10:20 AM
IT DOES NOT MATTER TO US WHETHER THEY ARE VIPS OR NOT.LAW SHOULD BE THE SAME TO EVERYONE.THE PROBLAM IS THE LONG ARM OF THE LAW SEEMS TO BE MOVING AT SNAILS PACE. via DM Android App
Ahimsa Saturday, 21 March 2015 06:00 PM
Minister, remember Duminda Silva was brought to politics by the UN.P this is why the public demands a change in the system.Innocent families are getting ruined because of this kudu business At least now take action.
ishi Saturday, 21 March 2015 10:28 AM
tibs Sunday, 22 March 2015 09:40 AM
Now this from turncoat honest JONY who almost jump the ship to Rajapaksas lap for cuddle before the elections since then unsuccessfully try to organize a contract to beat up Wattala UC chairmen.
Leena Sunday, 22 March 2015 09:41 AM
How many of you have been to law school? Do you realise that people like Duminda can afford the best lawyers (better than any govt prosecutor) and get the help of the best financial forensics and people who cover up trails. Obviously the arrest will be made when the evidence is water tight and sealed with cement...jeesh
dilip Friday, 20 March 2015 11:55 PM
Mr. minister, do not make any more media shows .If there is proof get the police to arrest them and punish .This is what we want from the police, not from the politicians . It will be much better for every one if you people leave the police to do their job correctly .As Your past record dose not have many positives.
iemerald Saturday, 21 March 2015 06:09 PM
STOP TALKING AND GET ON WITH IT.TAL TALK THAT IS ALL THESE IDIOTS SEEM TO DO. NO ACTION AT ALL.TURNING OUT TO BE LIKE THE PREVIOUS LOT.
Aba Jayasekera Saturday, 21 March 2015 06:10 PM
The UNP must be waiting for the dissolution of Parliament to reveal the misdeeds of the SLFP politicians because they believe that then they will have a field day and their hopeless minority in the Parliament would not prevent them from carrying out a vicious campaign of arrests of Opposition politicians. Mr. Sirisena and the leadership of the SLFP must make sure that such tactics will fail
Premalal Saturday, 21 March 2015 11:03 AM
Why is this big struggle to carry out the law?
DOIN ACTION Saturday, 21 March 2015 12:15 AM
Please please arrest..THEM ALL IMMEDIATELY BEFORE THE ELECTION. RECORDING, QUESTIONING, NOW MORE THAN ENOUGH. DO IN ACTION
kan Saturday, 21 March 2015 11:06 AM
First arrest then announce. By the time you announce, they will vanish from Sri Lanka over night, then whom you will arrest, after you will make various excuses for not arresting them. This is normally what happens.
Charaka Friday, 03 April 2015 05:23 PM
Hope you can publish all the politicians, business persons, any other parties who had connections with drug dealers without just focusing on one
Domkarya Saturday, 21 March 2015 07:06 PM
You r dragging the issue in order to cut a deal You are best known for it. via DM Android App
no favourations Saturday, 21 March 2015 07:19 PM
i dont favor any political party but i do what is supposes to be right and support the party which does the right things. Actually people this is the reason wht they dont arrest the former MPs bfre d election. its all bcoz of our economy. if the former MPs and all wrong-doers are arrested bfre the election the share mkt will drop dramatically and the economy might end up in a recession thats y the names r even not been announced.. The country is in best administration under our PM Ranil Wickramasinghe. Therez no intelligent person other than Ranil who cn bring prosper to our economy. via DM Android App
Nims Saturday, 21 March 2015 02:52 AM
Mr Minister, we are sorry to say that your days are numbered.
Nims Saturday, 21 March 2015 02:54 AM
What? 1.2 million? That is nothing compared to what your CB Governor Mahendran robbed from Tax payers
Fair N Square Saturday, 21 March 2015 07:34 PM
MR Gota Basil Sajin Vas Kudud Dumiya Vermin and others will NOT be arrested... This is just a case of hoodwinking the masses. ALL politicians are like the Lawyers... They play to the gallery then share a tea at the canteen...A case of YOU scratch My back I scratch yours.... We the masses get deceived each time and every time...
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