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While disputing the information provided by Ceylinco Group’s founding Chairman Lalith Kotelawala, the Golden Key Depositors Association (GKDA) members maintained that the funds deposited in the Golden Key Credit Card Co. Ltd and five other companies in the Ceylinco group were defrauded.


They also claimed that Dr. Kotelawala is evading the settlement of the money by abusing the Court process.


GKDA President Dushyanthi Hapugoda told a news conference that Dr. Kotelawala has violated his bail conditions by launching Tripna Travels and Tours Ltd., a subsidiary of Ceylinco and urged that he be arrested for doing so.


“Everything he said at that interview is a lie. Out of the 26 billion rupees he defrauded, we can’t even find 500 million rupees because he has various methods of avoiding payment. When you take the entire amount he defrauded into account it’s a staggering 45 billion rupees. As claimed by him it is also a complete lie that all his assets were seized by the then Government,” Ms. Hapugoda charged.


“All the ‘black money’ he refers to in Golden Key is the hard earned money of innocent people. He says he can’t remember anything, but there are several memo’s to Khavan Perera with his signature that might refresh his memory.”


She also demanded the immediate arrest of his wife Sicille Kotelawala against whom there were High Court and Interpol arrest warrants and pointed out that the then Government had done nothing to ensure her arrest.


“There are High Court and Interpol warrants for Sicille Kotelawala’s arrest, but I have found a statement issued by John Rankin in February 2013 stating that Britain has not received any request for extradition from the Sri Lankan government. So as a result she is staying in luxury apartments there,” Ms. Hapugoda said. (Jehan Gunasekara)









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  • hiran Gunawardena Sunday, 22 February 2015 01:08 AM

    Sad to say this crook has become the latest propaganda mouthpiece for the government. My thoughts goes to poor depositors via DM Android App

    Wijesekara Friday, 20 February 2015 10:10 PM

    The rest of 25.5 billion will be safely hidden away in a swiss bank account or in Luxemburg or the Cayman Islands. Time to get your money back GDK depositors.

    sacre blieu Saturday, 21 February 2015 09:17 AM

    Appears that justice will never be done due to the various favours and strange benefits obtained by those in uniform and civies, and they will do everything to stall the progress towards justice without delay. The approach to the stock market issue is tainted and influenced in similar style.

    madmani Friday, 20 February 2015 11:11 PM

    That seems to be the only news about SL these days. The thieving, and the thieving - after terrorism and terrorism. When will there be any good news about SL?

    TONY Friday, 20 February 2015 11:11 PM

    DEAR DEPOSITORS. IF YOU WANT YOUR MONEY BACK, DO NOT DEPEND ON THE GOVT. THINK POSITIVE AND BE REALISTIC

    Lakshman De Silva Sunday, 22 February 2015 08:54 AM

    Lalith Kotalawela is the nephew of Sir John and is a UNP Stalwart. So, people forget about this government doing anything to arrest him again.

    Waco Saturday, 21 February 2015 12:39 AM

    We can not see any firm Legal Action taken against all Corruption allegations by this Government too. Only hope is General Sarath Fonseka, will wait for him.

    Lalith Wijeweera Friday, 20 February 2015 06:34 PM

    *MUNG OKKAMA HORU *

    Justice Saturday, 21 February 2015 11:19 AM

    Mr. Kotelawela should be given a second chance. All his assets taken away by the previous government and what is his should be given back to him, with a condition that he agrees to pay the GoldenKey depositors money and interest up to date even by liquidating assets. No one is perfect.

    Palayang Yako Saturday, 21 February 2015 04:49 AM

    How much did Mahinda get/how much is he getting for looking after Kotelawela?

    Ryan Friday, 20 February 2015 07:43 PM

    horunta thamai thawama thena thiyenne ekai peni puhul eliye

    K. C. John Saturday, 21 February 2015 06:05 AM

    Dushyanthi Hapugoda placed a half page ad supporting MR in the run-up to the presidential poll.. What are her motives?

    hiran gunawardena Saturday, 21 February 2015 02:40 PM

    Suddenly Kotalawela started raising his voice since MY3 came to power. It is no one fault that he rob people this crook should be locked up for life. Lot of innocent people suicide because of this man

    shamon Friday, 20 February 2015 08:02 PM

    New government should find out all the depositors fund are secured legitimately and whether relevant taxes has been paid . via DM Android App

    J A N Peiris Friday, 20 February 2015 08:03 PM

    Mr Yaha Palanaya can bring her back immediately via DM Android App


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