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MR violated country’s sovereignty by accepting bribe from China: Kabir

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Minister of Highways Kabir Hashim yesterday charged that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had not only accepted a bribe from China Harbour Engineering Company but violated the country’s sovereignty by getting into a framework agreement with the Chinese Company.

He said the former Sri Lankan government led by Mr. Rajapaksa had agreed to sell 50 hectares to China Harbour Engineering Company at the rate of just one dollar a hectare. He also charged that the framework agreement had clauses which denied Sri Lankan Navy the access to the Hambantota Port. “This agreement would have been implemented had Mr. Rajapksa won the 2015 presidential election,” Mr. Hashim said.

The Minister said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was able to change the agreement and see to it that Sri Lankan Navy had access to the Hambantota Port.

Joint Opposition MP Wimal Weerawansa who responded to this allegation accused Prime Minister Wickremesinghe is out to violate Sri Lanka’s sovereignty by making plans to handover Mattala International Airport to India. Mr Weerawansa said Sri Lankan government had agreed to construct a 40-acre defence line around the Mattala Airport. He also charged that government is planning to close down the Southern command of the Sri Lankan Navy in Galle.

The MP also challenged that New York Times story by saying that the US State Department had accepted that America had spent funds for regime changes in several Asian countries such as Myanmar. The New York Times Story revealed that China Harbour had given funds to Former President Rajapaksa for his election campaign.

Meanwhile, Chief Opposition Whip and JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake also charged that former president had not only messed up the country’s economic strategies but also had harmed political independence and the sovereignty of the country by obtaining commissions from the Chinese company.

“These development projects were connected with economic strategies. If the government had real economic strategies, it would have developed the Southern Jetty of the Colombo Port rather than constructing a loss-making harbour in Hambantota. Instead, we gave Colombo Jetty to China and built a port in a secluded area. There were hidden agendas behind such moves,” he said. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • ranilhora Friday, 20 July 2018 07:03 AM

    Aiyse, You bloody UNP Neutors are the ones who sold the Country to China. All of the main economic hubs are being sold to India and China. Get lost and please never come back to power. Pathetic Losers!!!

    mangala.samare Friday, 20 July 2018 10:15 AM

    well said!

    umen Friday, 20 July 2018 03:02 PM

    doing heaps of development project and getting commissions vs no projects just robbing public money and selling countries assets

    Jehan Friday, 20 July 2018 03:15 PM

    Aiyse???? Yes yes from your arrogance we know who you represent. MARA

    Empulz Friday, 20 July 2018 08:06 PM

    Do polictics with a sound mind and not by heart...!!!

    Haramanis Friday, 20 July 2018 07:12 AM

    The greatest betrayal of this Country was the Bond Scam with a Singaporean conspiring with the Prime Minister and Senior Ministers to rob the Central Bank

    sagala.sudugala Friday, 20 July 2018 10:21 AM

    UNP Toyyos don't agree with you.

    MP Friday, 20 July 2018 05:38 PM

    Exactly correct. This man is talking like a baby. They have robbed the CB.

    NAK Friday, 20 July 2018 07:14 AM

    If you call that a bribe what do you call what the US paid?A donation!

    Siyabala Friday, 20 July 2018 07:35 AM

    Kabir . Now the country 's sovereignty is violated in worst ways. We need to have provincial council elections soon.

    C.K.LANKAPUTHRA Friday, 20 July 2018 09:27 AM

    Will the provincial council election pay that money swindled by MR?

    C.K.LANKAPUTHRA Friday, 20 July 2018 09:27 AM

    Will the provincial council election pay that money swindled by MR?

    Eds Friday, 20 July 2018 01:45 PM

    Lankaputhra, by not investigating the Bondscam, are we going to get our money back?

    a_wicks Friday, 20 July 2018 07:44 AM

    Kabir,MR was having Beakfast meeting Man....

    Leo Friday, 20 July 2018 07:57 AM

    The entire public of SL is by now surely aware of this. MR and bribes go together like hand

    Eds Friday, 20 July 2018 01:46 PM

    And Ranil and Robberies go leg in leg?

    Arnold Friday, 20 July 2018 08:19 AM

    China has done this in so many poor Asian and African countries. Bribe the politicians and take over strategic locations.

    Cobra Friday, 20 July 2018 08:38 AM

    But wasn't it a 'donation'??????

    Sam Silva Friday, 20 July 2018 08:39 AM

    This idiot make unfounded allegations like this, but did not explain how his retaliations miss-behave to crash cars into Thalawathugoda canal!

    sar Friday, 20 July 2018 10:47 AM

    sir people like you people think its unfounded allegation?what else do you as proof, accept the fact he did fraud thats why his networth is $18billion, if you still gonna play blind then.

    Brown Friday, 20 July 2018 08:41 AM

    This comment section is so rigged. Unp biased comments get so many likes. And even when i click dislike the dislike button will go up once and the like button went up by 3 digits. You are only publishing biased comments and manipulating the comments and info. This will be proven

    Sam Silva Friday, 20 July 2018 08:46 AM

    Without wasting our time, you should investigate why corrupted traffic police under your watch, is handing out Speeding Tickets at the rate of happening in Banana Republics run by Dictators. Clean up your act before commenting on others.If your are happy with that situation why don't you migrate to that dreamed Banana Republic?

    Buddhi Perera Friday, 20 July 2018 09:11 AM

    Who was responsible for suppressing the investigation when it was revealed in July 2015? S/he or they too are responsible for violating the country's sovereignty

    sajith Kumaratunga Friday, 20 July 2018 09:21 AM

    China control, poor pacific nations, Africans, Asian countries giving high interest loan,Handsome bribe to rulers for worthless projects. I will name some countries, Fuji, Tonga, Soloman Island,Nauru,Papua New Gunia, In Asia, Sri Lanka, Maldives and MAny african countirs.MR is very corrupted leader Sri Lanka ever had. Do not let him to come to power with poor people's vote. HE will destroy county again.When you sell we cannot eve take it back.Be vigilant

    Eds Friday, 20 July 2018 01:48 PM

    Buddy, before you write, do check up on facts about the loan interest %

    asela Friday, 20 July 2018 10:06 AM

    Kabir few people are aware how you got commissions from CEB projects. We will make it public if challenged

    Rasheed Friday, 20 July 2018 10:45 AM

    Both are rogues, protecting each other.

    Flanker Friday, 20 July 2018 11:02 AM

    You have almost sold the country to the Kallathunis and to China.. don't blame on MR, he developed the country during his tenure. Prove to us that he has accepted bribes, just showing a mere cheques payable to a Rajapakse is not good enough to be accepted as a bribe. Dont cover up your bloody sins on him... you guys robbed the country in broad daylight which was proved beyond doubt. Good riddance.. Kabir.

    decentgent. Friday, 20 July 2018 11:12 AM

    All politicians are corrupt. Never think of the country and its ppl. They make quick bucks during the short tenure of their stay in the parliament. WE citizens are foolish lot, we bring these blokes to power again and again. The current President is another joke, he is changing his election pledges of contesting again for President. The poor, the majority of this country still have false-faith in MR, which conception everyone must try and change the peoples'mind. Wimal is a brainless fool, he always tries to divert attention from the legal cases against him. We now need a third force to rule the country, sans corrupted politicians. Send them back home......

    Anton Friday, 20 July 2018 11:20 AM

    How about Arab nations donating money to build illegal race base settlements in wilpattu? Why you peoples never talk about it?

    Terminator> Friday, 20 July 2018 03:43 PM

    Arabs donated, Chinese bribed. Who is correct?

    yaka mahathaya Friday, 20 July 2018 11:24 AM

    pot calling kettle black

    Mr NPV Friday, 20 July 2018 12:39 PM

    Please say the full, Two scams both same in nature. This guy do not know finance or making all of us dumb. Have you looked at NPV and IRR before opening your mouth. People in finance know your intentions are for next elections. People are not always stupid you know.

    Brainmaster Friday, 20 July 2018 12:39 PM

    The best comment abive is the one of Sajith Kumaratung. 100% true. via DM Android App

    sach Friday, 20 July 2018 01:12 PM

    The last time UNP came to power, they gave away Lanka's sovereignty and made Norway their bosses. It took time for MR to get rid of them. UNP is the last one who should be talking about sovereignty. You dont have a sense on what sovereignty is.

    confused Friday, 20 July 2018 03:49 PM

    Did MR go to war against Norway?

    kumar Friday, 20 July 2018 01:26 PM

    We deprived the rights of our own brothers and are watching our own sovereignty being twisted out by the so called saviors. recently Chinese touts chased our tour guides in Sigiriya. Very soon we will be washing their toilets in Colombo and selling virtues in Hambantota. Please wake up and be united as Proud Srilankans by being equitable.

    Eds Friday, 20 July 2018 01:51 PM

    Hashim, if you call this a Violation of Sovereignty, where were you when the Indo-Lanka accord was signed by the UNP?Where were you when RW, signed the ISGA and gave control of 1/3 of SL's landmass and 2/3 of SL's coast line to a bunch of terrorists without even informing parliament?What about P-Toms, Millenium City etc ?Hypocrisy at it's finest!

    KingBarnet@pakisland Friday, 20 July 2018 03:50 PM

    1000 arguments, never punish. Just to show off this is the center of dhamma hitapu HE is the living saviour.

    mugunthan Friday, 20 July 2018 04:00 PM

    parliament is occupied by bunch of rowdies, god save the poor people.

    S.P.RAMKUMAR Friday, 20 July 2018 04:24 PM


    Samantha Saturday, 21 July 2018 10:45 AM

    Well said Mr. Hashim. We should not hesitate to say "thieves" for them. Even before he came to power in 2005 we knew that "Mara is hora" .They can theft anything but the truth. all Rajapaksa's are thieves.

    TONY Saturday, 21 July 2018 10:52 AM


    iemerald Sunday, 22 July 2018 12:47 PM


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