Video: I am innocent -- Amal Perera

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Singer Amal Perera, who was summoned to the police station to give a statement in connection with the missing albino turtle, said yesterday that he was innocent and that he had undergone much inconvenience due to this false allegation.

“I and my family including my school going daughter have undergone much inconvenience due to this incident. Chandrasiri who is the owner of the turtle hatchery must take the responsibility for making a false allegation against me. Chandrasiri said about 200 buyers came to buy the turtle but I do not know why he connected only me with this incident. Chandrasiri must also be questioned regarding the loss of the animal,” he said.

Convening a news conference in Colombo, Mr. Perera said he went to buy the albino turtle with one of his friends in July and said his friend wanted to buy it for Rs.35 million.

“I mediated in this deal only because both the buyer and the turtle owner were my close friends. I did not want to buy a turtle for such a big price. I am a person who earns my living by singing. It is true that my friend offered Rs. 35 million. But Chandrasiri refused to sell it. So we went away. But we never threatened him and we had not brought the money to buy it as he claimed. This incident happened in late July or early August as far as I can remember. I wonder why this Chandrasiri made this complaint after about four months”, Mr. Perera said. (Ajith Siriwardana)
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  Comments - 13

  • investigator Friday, 20 December 2013 09:17 AM

    complained after 4 months later,price is 35 million.both are funny.some one want to harass the popular artist.its very clear.i feel sad for him.

    ANTON Friday, 20 December 2013 04:55 AM

    WE ARE STRUGGLING TO EARN 35 RUPEES TO BUY A COCONUT , THEY ARE STRUGGLING BUY A LITTLE TURTLE FOR 35 MILLION.

    Roshan Friday, 20 December 2013 05:00 AM

    Top Polticians taken the Turtle and blame the singer, something like the Colombo Museum robbery.

    ANTON Thursday, 19 December 2013 03:22 PM

    FIRSTLY, THE MAN WHO REFUSED TO TAKE 350 LAKH RUPEES FOR THIS TINY ANIMAL SHOULD BE ADMIRED, IS HE A SRILANKAN ???

    lkboy Friday, 20 December 2013 05:13 AM

    All these so-called turtle hatcheries should be regulated and controlled by the government.

    taurus Friday, 20 December 2013 05:14 AM

    Many years ago, we all could afford a coconut and did not have notorious local millionaires who would gamble millions away in a casino or turtle. We respected and followed our own religeons and did not have to plant statues nor blast loudspeakers to show that. Within a short time of few years, we are even accused internationally of some of the worst crimes against humanity. Isnt the reason for all this much clear? Even a criminal must realise that he needs to choose his leader who is not criminal, so that he can one day become a better man. That is where we in this country failed.

    Yes Friday, 20 December 2013 05:24 AM

    What a joke!! This should not be news.

    kayjay Friday, 20 December 2013 05:26 AM

    Agree with Anton. Perhaps this man was expecting a lot more and also has with a lots of money. Why could have secured the place more securely if this turtle is worth Rs40million. Police must investigate this owner and his assets.

    Seg Friday, 20 December 2013 09:50 AM

    whats with the sunglasses o.o?

    Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 20 December 2013 10:49 AM

    Nothing surprising in a country where even wild elephants go missing and later found in private premises with the Minister in charge still looking for the registration book of elephants! All very conveniently done for the benefit of the corrupt politicians who seem to be thriving under this miserable setup. Sadly, people deserve the rulers they get anyway.

    ranjith chandraseker Friday, 20 December 2013 01:47 AM

    This is a rare species of Turtle and public should not be allowed to keep such animals. This turtle should be handed over to The Government.

    Be Fair Friday, 20 December 2013 02:59 AM

    another song to say "I cant remember"

    Chaminda Friday, 20 December 2013 04:14 AM

    The way Amal Perera talked in the news conference still I feel he has some implications to this fraud!!! His conscience knows well if he is involved in this fraud!!!!


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