​India assisting SL to trace MR money-report

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Sri Lanka has sought India's assistance in tracing $2 billion, allegedly stashed away in three accounts in Dubai by family members and aides of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Sri Lankan investigators who began an investigation into financial deals sealed by the Rajapaksa government had traced $2 billion in Dubai banks, an official source from Colombo said. Of this, one account of a Rajapaksa family member allegedly has $1.064 billion, other two by two different persons have $500 million each in two separate accounts, the source said.

India along with the US have been approached to assist in the investigation to trace this huge amount. Both New Delhi and Washington are assisting with the probe, an Indian official source added. The Dubai money is estimated to account for 20% of the total amount Lankan authorities allege has been illicitly stashed abroad by the former president and his family. The family, however, has denied any wrongdoings and described the allegations as baseless.

Sirisena had during his visit to New Delhi last month shared details of the amount allegedly stashed away by Rajapaksa family in St Martin Islands, Hong Kong, Macau, Seychelles. He had also shared details about the huge investments allegedly made in real estate projects in Dubai, Uganda and Kenya.(economictimes)
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  • jayanat Saturday, 21 March 2015 07:44 PM

    pal horu

    Mahagamasekera Sunday, 22 March 2015 01:15 PM

    IT appears that who got a few assistance are worried.It should not be so, This type of activity has a history behind so at least let it stop at this point, what ever our political convictions are. Think of the sufferings of our people.When matters are signed for commissions, it is not the best lowest prise for the country, but to the best commission you,get.

    Waco Saturday, 21 March 2015 09:30 PM

    Why India? Sri Lankangovernment is not capable of doing it.

    Push Saturday, 21 March 2015 09:33 PM

    There is enough evidence to question the persons concerned if the authorities are reluctant to use the word arrest. On the contrary publishing these vital information will not do any good to the investigations unless they are interested only in media shows to hoodwink the public.

    LogicalCitizen Saturday, 21 March 2015 09:53 PM

    Wow, this is only 20%! As they said USD 5 billion stashed away! is that the total amount of loans and aids obtained from China for development projects? That means 100% of money borrowed from China has been robbed. How the hell the expressways, power plants, ports, airports, roads, etc were built by MR?

    hiran Gunawardena Sunday, 22 March 2015 12:51 AM

    total gibberish propaganda for cheap political shopping. Desparado via DM Android App

    Cheers Sunday, 22 March 2015 03:08 AM

    India should mind their own business not interfering to our affairs. The new Indian govt is pushed by Tamil badly and by TNA to punish Mahinda due to crushing the Tamil Tigers for ever so Sri lankans hope you understand this and the current SL govt is trying to punish MR through India which is a shame

    Lalitha Sunday, 22 March 2015 04:50 AM

    Ha Ha ! India is the least corrupted country in the world going to check other peoples dirt. . India look at your self first. Investigate your corrupted politician first.

    Rav Sunday, 22 March 2015 04:54 AM

    @Push - Bro U R 100% correct.

    sss Sunday, 22 March 2015 05:54 AM

    expect more general statements from government ministers - like we know all the people who got mega loans from state banks

    Maya Sunday, 22 March 2015 06:15 AM

    Helping Dubai ?

    Cyril n Sunday, 22 March 2015 06:54 AM

    Government has to use whatever channel to trace and recover the money which has been stolen from our coffers. The real thieves are putting a false human face to the public here and the people has to appraised with proof soon.

    Chiller Sunday, 22 March 2015 07:20 AM

    finally some specific details. it doesnt matter whos assistance we take as long as we expose the thieves via DM Android App

    SriLankan Sunday, 22 March 2015 07:53 AM

    If the allegations are true we cant imagine how a person who has plundered poor peoples money can pose with that broad smile via DM Android App

    Bombayite Saturday, 21 March 2015 05:33 PM

    What a joke! First bring back the billions stashed away by Indian politicians in Switzerland, Mauritius, Cayman Islands etc, before offering help to our Sri Lankan friends!

    TJ Saturday, 21 March 2015 05:50 PM

    Tightening the noose before the elections?

    bank west Sunday, 22 March 2015 09:21 AM

    So What MR deserve ever thing . .we need to bring MR back.

    Mad-Hawa Saturday, 21 March 2015 06:04 PM

    He and his family together with "Casino-Drugs, Ethanol" bunch now got the test. That is why trying to be back. Please give us independent Police (not thugs and murders) , legal system and institutions as promised at election

    Cobra Saturday, 21 March 2015 06:05 PM

    Ans still that was not enough and they want to come back to power and grab more loot from the hapless people. What a thannhwa!!!

    Premalal Saturday, 21 March 2015 06:10 PM

    While recovering the stolen money an extensive investigation should be conducted to trace the country or the person or the organisation who gave it by jacking up the cost to the country.

    Hora Saturday, 21 March 2015 06:20 PM

    Loka hora thama eliye. via DM Android App

    Cyril n Sunday, 22 March 2015 11:02 AM

    All these monies robbed from the country belongs to the people, either they have been penalised with excessive taxes and/ or burdened with short/long term debts. Therefore, we are anxious to see all these monies recovered urgently and the guys whoever responsible punished severely.

    dilip Saturday, 21 March 2015 06:27 PM

    Looks like this government knows the exact amounts and locations where the money is hidden. So why do you need the help of India and America. Arrest the culprits and get the truth out, so you can get the money back. Please do not go beating round the bush.Is this a nother media show for the comming elections?

    OMG Saturday, 21 March 2015 06:35 PM

    Please make it fast. We are getting sick of waiting. Please expose the wrong doings as much as possible so that the present and future politicians will thing twice before robbing the country.

    Bala Saturday, 21 March 2015 06:43 PM

    Big time fraudulent transactions take time to trace unlike catching a police constable accepting Rs.5000 in cash. But delay in persuing will make it more difficult. So act fast.

    ranga Saturday, 21 March 2015 07:02 PM

    These are serious allegations and should be probed and brought to book...however, if not proven, Sri Lanka will go down in the history as the country that plays the dirtiest politics...

    Lima Saturday, 21 March 2015 07:10 PM

    WHY WAITING FOR CHRISTMAS , SO MUCH OF BILLIONS ROBBED BY MAHINDA AND FAMILY , WHY STILL WAITING , WHY NOT THE ROGUES PUNISHED IF NOT WHY PUBLIC COULD NOT PUNISH THEM

    th Saturday, 21 March 2015 07:22 PM

    Well Done. This is what we want. yahapalanayata jayawewa via DM Android App


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