MR rejects Mangala’s claim about $18 bn abroad

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today rejected the claim that he had deposited US$18 billion dollars in offshore accounts and said these reports were the devious means by which false propaganda against him was being spread.

This allegation was made by Minster Mangala Samaraweera during a news conference yesterday.

“I like to inform the public once again that I, my wife, my sons or my brothers have no secret offshore accounts or illegal overseas investments in front companies,” Mr. Rajapaksa said in a statement.

He said Foreign Minister Samaraweera who made the statement had covered himself by saying he did not know whether this information was right or wrong.
The minister alleged that foreign intelligence agencies had informed the government that former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family members had deposited US$18 billion in secret offshore accounts.

“There was a time when any large house or hotel being built in Colombo or anywhere else in the country was supposed to belong to the members of my family. Such propaganda cannot be carried out now, so our political opponents have resorted to talking about money stashed overseas,” Mr. Rajapaksa said. (LSP)

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  • Nihal Amarasekera Saturday, 09 May 2015 08:18 AM

    Figures may be wrong or too high but the fact remains they "earned" pretty lavishly, to put it simply. When we say "you can fool some, all the time, all, some of the time but never all, all the time it could be directed to MR

    NNde Saturday, 09 May 2015 08:41 AM

    Acting like innocence & denying all charges is a fashion among political criminals today. via DM Android App

    Desmond Jeromme Saturday, 09 May 2015 09:10 AM

    Sir, you and your family looted SriLanka. This is the crystal truth.

    Bubble Banda Saturday, 09 May 2015 09:13 AM

    Namal daily goes for a horse ride by Heli. how is that?

    dilip Friday, 08 May 2015 01:47 PM

    Elections are not far.We will hear more and more stories. Who ever told Mangala about the 18 billion, should have told exactly where they are hidden. People are tired of your childish talks man. Through out your political life you have been talking rubbish, and the funniest thing is that people are still voting for you. May be the country needs jokers such as you ,Mervin and one shot.

    Horri Jimonis Saturday, 09 May 2015 09:15 AM

    How many billions you have spent for the Temple trees flower plants?

    Horri Jimonis Saturday, 09 May 2015 09:16 AM

    The billions you gave gifts to purchase opposition members whose money Sir?

    Waz Friday, 08 May 2015 04:42 PM

    Not billions, but may be some millions! Let him rest for a while with those small amount of money!

    Kiris Baba Amaray Saturday, 09 May 2015 09:18 AM

    Boru sobana Eppa... Mahinda.

    kukula Friday, 08 May 2015 02:00 PM

    Dear dilip, you must be one of MR rear guard.

    SPENCER Saturday, 09 May 2015 11:10 PM

    Mahind Rajapaksa new party name.OHROON GETH OHROON KAMBER OHROO PARTY.

    Freebird Friday, 08 May 2015 04:43 PM

    What former presidents says also correct. money is not in their accounts. It is in some other partys name via DM Android App

    yako moda Friday, 08 May 2015 02:04 PM

    Mahinda give the loot of USD 1.8billion and get out from the public eye.

    sam silva Friday, 08 May 2015 04:52 PM

    Mr Ex President- You keep on making one sided press statements. Why not come on a TV debate with the oppositions and answer the allegations.

    haris Friday, 08 May 2015 04:52 PM

    Mangalage boru bayla

    OMG Saturday, 09 May 2015 03:06 PM

    Of course the money will be in the name is your thousands of cronies and feet lickers. It will be hard to find but NOT impossible. Its just a matter of time till the money is found.

    Harry Saturday, 09 May 2015 06:59 PM

    Likewise, did UNP bribed trillions to get the President MY3?

    bandu Saturday, 09 May 2015 10:41 AM

    Freebird you and mahinda can fly in mattala.

    sadees Saturday, 09 May 2015 03:26 PM

    All are culprits. Big or small culprits which is worst for the country ? Boss innocent people have to survive. Please let us live happily without financial debts. Damage done to the country and Innocent people have to pay the debts . This is the reason why we all are rated as third world country.

    Mailmen Saturday, 09 May 2015 11:08 AM

    MR talks as though he would admit if it were true. via DM Android App

    raj Sunday, 10 May 2015 02:54 AM

    you will continue to reject all accusations against you as you did in the past

    ahmeer Saturday, 09 May 2015 11:40 AM


    Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 09 May 2015 12:00 PM

    He can go on denying until the stolen assets are identified and recovered with international help. Just like the President said the crabs will go on dancing until the water starts boiling.

    Ryan Hudson Saturday, 09 May 2015 08:53 PM

    Sir, we all know who Mangi is, and the dstruction he casued to this country is around Rs. 200 bn starting from airport attack in 2000

    DJ Sunday, 10 May 2015 06:36 AM

    Mangy said 2 billion dollars can be proved, then why not arrest MR for this. MR owns a hotel in Dubai it does not take much to prove that. Why the delay in these investigations

    Regi Saturday, 09 May 2015 01:11 PM

    Now we know how come Mr was close to Gadaffi. Gadaffi also slashed out Billions outside the country and only a paltry amount has been recovered so far. Gadaffi might have helped MR to siphon the monies.

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