Video: Police to bring down Basil

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Former Economic Development Minister and then influential politician Basil Rajapaksa is to be grilled in connection with a series of major corruption cases amounting to millions of rupees being investigated by the Police Financial Fraud Investigation Division.

The FFID investigating into several major cases related to the Divi Neguma Department which functioned under the Ministry of Economic Development requires the subject minister to record a statement over various allegations levelled against him.

The police will seek a court order to get Mr. Rajapaksa who is believed to be living in the US enjoying a three-month vacation approved by Parliament.

Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said today the former Minister’s statement is required following the allegations made by the Director General of the Divi Neguma Department in his recent statement to the FFID.

Director General R.R.K. Ranawaka when interrogated by the FFID revealed that it was the then Minister Rajapaksa who ordered him to release large sums of money for various programmes during the past few years.

The FFID is investigating the major expenses incurred by the department including money spent for the Presidential Election, an allowance paid to Divi Neguma officers, renovation of houses and spending more than Rs.70 million to a Divi Neguma national convention headed by the Minister.
Rs.300,000 had been spent to transport three officers from Ampara to Colombo for this convention.

The police have already informed Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court for the necessity to record a statement from Mr. Rajapaksa while filing a facts report.

He left the country from the Bandaranaike International Airport with his spouse a day after the results of the presidential election was announced. (Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana and Sanath Desmond)


Video by Sanath Desmond
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  • Chandra Wednesday, 25 March 2015 02:04 PM

    Entire parliement is respondible for approving leave to Basil. via DM Android App

    Ganesha Wednesday, 25 March 2015 02:10 PM

    Why did this scoundrel run out of the country before everybody unless he was guilty on 10 January?

    Dilli Wednesday, 25 March 2015 02:11 PM

    All bullshit.!!! We are now fed up of this drama.

    Yuri Thursday, 26 March 2015 01:53 AM

    This Guy left with Champagne on first Class on Emirates. now what doing politics !!! Country full of losers.

    Arjuna Ranawana Wednesday, 25 March 2015 02:26 PM

    why only him. Bring all who had left the country has alleged irregularities

    gafa Wednesday, 25 March 2015 02:38 PM

    nothing to worry, this too will go like the other stories and cases. latest peacefully he will be in sri lanka sleeping. this is another plane to bring a VIP back to home town

    ranjani gunewardena Wednesday, 25 March 2015 02:43 PM

    At last!!!!

    kukula. Wednesday, 25 March 2015 02:44 PM

    Why make it public. If he is guilty use what ever legal powers that is available and punish him for the crimes committed

    Kattan Minor Thursday, 26 March 2015 02:23 AM

    Basil was a hero prior to 8th January and he is a crook after 9th January. Sooner you find him it is better for us. He must be laughing now with all the money he made during his brothers time. People still worship MR for what.

    Subha Thursday, 26 March 2015 02:36 AM

    But Basil stood firm to destroy tamil terrorism.. which is stil the curse of this country..

    sumudhu Wednesday, 25 March 2015 02:51 PM

    put him behind bras

    Ganesha Thursday, 26 March 2015 11:01 AM

    Either the present regime is reluctant to haul up Gota or somebody who is said to be hidden hand in the regime seems to block this

    Lakvijaya Wednesday, 25 March 2015 02:53 PM

    You can extradite a person if a court pronounces him guilty of certain offences after a due process.

    bugsy Thursday, 26 March 2015 11:04 AM

    More and More hot news and bull shits. The government should not have let him go in first place. It is all KP kind of deals. The government will stuck a deal with BR to take his wealth back and in return a ministerial post. We are been made fools again.

    Observer Thursday, 26 March 2015 03:48 AM

    All talk no action....we are no fools!!!

    ahamed Wednesday, 25 March 2015 03:14 PM

    really is this from MY3/RV or police independently seek to do so?

    Premalal Wednesday, 25 March 2015 03:21 PM

    He let down his own supporters when he abandoned them to save his back. I am sure they will be keen to meet him.

    Merenchi Thursday, 26 March 2015 11:08 AM

    If SLFP has a sense of decency it should not allow any member of the plundering and corrupt Rajapassa family contest on its ticket even for a Pradesbeeya saba.

    dulan Wednesday, 25 March 2015 03:27 PM

    Must be for questioning. Good he will get a free ticket to meet his old pals and Namal.

    Hiran Wednesday, 25 March 2015 03:30 PM

    Police should get a statement from him through skype. No point of getting him down here. They are gonna release him anyway after questioning, like they have done with all the other political crooks.

    yaha hapya Wednesday, 25 March 2015 03:34 PM

    not only basil,Mara . Kappan. MK Mervin and M K Sarana also waiting to get Minister post will look on that too

    LIMA Thursday, 26 March 2015 11:33 AM


    dilip Wednesday, 25 March 2015 03:45 PM

    Get the Americans and the Indians to trace him; He might be hiding in a foreign bank. First do the job and then make the show.

    simon Wednesday, 25 March 2015 03:49 PM

    Exactly !

    willowsd Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:08 PM

    we are watching to see whether these real or dramas?

    simon Wednesday, 25 March 2015 03:51 PM

    They are unable to get the ones who are in SL but looking for one who is not in SL

    kan Wednesday, 25 March 2015 03:54 PM

    Why did he leave the country at first instance, it is a shame for Rajapaksa family.

    Cobra Thursday, 26 March 2015 06:49 AM

    A man who ran away at the first sign of his brother losing the election, do they think he will come back to face an investigation to alleged thievery? Allai minihage valige!!!

    max Wednesday, 25 March 2015 04:17 PM

    Feel sorry for the commentators here who still keep their eyes open until the govt elected by them, bring down culprits. Paw.

    bryan silva Wednesday, 25 March 2015 04:51 PM

    All rubbish

    de silva Wednesday, 25 March 2015 05:14 PM

    If he comes take his passport at thr Airport,we don,t care whether it is a American or Indian.

    Failed citizen Thursday, 26 March 2015 08:14 AM

    This is ridiculous. Fix this GM before getting him. He should have known his onion. He should know that he is not empowered to disburse money or carry out illegal instruction of his superior in the first place.

    Manel Thursday, 26 March 2015 08:20 AM

    Now Wimal W will shout saying "international conspiracy".

    Bubble Banda Thursday, 26 March 2015 08:29 AM

    The entire family specially MR should be brought before justice. All are rouges.

    Desmond Jeromme Thursday, 26 March 2015 08:30 AM

    First wicket should be looter Basil and later MR.

    Horri Jimonis Thursday, 26 March 2015 08:32 AM

    Never allow culprits to run away. They will have to reap the harvest, well the nation is keen to see the entire family behind bars.

    ranga Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:58 PM

    Just a thought...why are we looking at the past while the present is not looking so great...we have not yet been able to stop looting...for instance, CBG...why not attempt to stop further fraud first and then look at the past...

    Palita Thursday, 26 March 2015 08:38 AM

    The government and police are talking big.The only way to get Basil is to extradite him. As he is a US Citizen it will be impossible.

    Laminate Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:59 PM

    Ah this sounds good! Ok now we wait and see what is the out come?

    Preethi Wednesday, 25 March 2015 06:04 PM

    The biggest crook in the history of SL.

    shek Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:51 PM

    i dont think he is in US. via DM Android App

    Gobi Wednesday, 25 March 2015 01:09 PM

    He should be charged to genocide conviction as well.

    Kumudu Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:08 AM

    He will be cleared and another ministry.

    Renu Wednesday, 25 March 2015 01:20 PM

    Arrest them and put them behind bars Wednesday, 25 March 2015 01:23 PM

    good work. when this will happen to mahinda ananda and also to other pawul paksa family

    asfar Wednesday, 25 March 2015 01:26 PM

    bring him down, take a statement and give him a ministerial post to boost the majority in parliament.

    de silva Wednesday, 25 March 2015 01:28 PM

    Will the new comers allow this happen.I

    udara Thursday, 26 March 2015 02:47 PM

    All Drama, Now that the elections are closing by every one will start highlighting again...... Poilitics poilitcs politics..... I think these gentlemen are keeping the big fish for the last to win the elections... Previous president they say boasted about Winning the war, now the currrent will boast about curruption. as if they have never done anything wrong to the funds of our country... All are the same, we are the uneducated and foolish.....

    shehan Wednesday, 25 March 2015 01:35 PM

    what about getting Namal and Gota

    Kuk Kuk Wednesday, 25 March 2015 01:36 PM

    Bring this bb down and jail him ! Also release the property in and around Colombo looted by him to its original owners, just like done in Jaffna.

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