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Following the request made by MP Dayasiri Jayasekara to release the entire Bond Report and related documents, President’s Secretary Austin Fernando today said he had requested the Attorney General for his opinion in this regard.

Mr Fernando said MP Jayasekara had asked him under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the parts of the Bond Commission Report which were not presented to Parliament, CID investigation reports and all other related documents.

“If the Attorney General instructs me to give it all, I will give the entire set of documents. Even I don't have some of the documents. If both the Attorney General and the Bribery Commission’s Director General said there is no issue, then I will give everything and won’t hide anything,” he said.

He said the 30-year closure law was applicable only for the annexures and not for the bond report.“This is not a decision of mine but a decision of the Bond Commission,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Fernando said he was not aware whether there is a list of 118 names as nowhere in the bond report it has been mentioned about a list of politicians, who received funds from the Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL).

“Without a list, I have to go through many troubles to find names. I know investigations are ongoing by the Attorney General’s Department and the CID. The AG’s Department, CID and the Bribery Commission have to do investigations. However, I'm not familiar with the sensitive nature of these documents because I’m not a lawyer, a Judge nor a Commissioner. Therefore, I asked the AG, and Director General of the Bribery Commission, since they are taking future actions, whether there is no issue in releasing documents if someone requested. I wrote to them on January 18 first and I got mails from both officials on January 22 saying certain facts could be sub-judice and investigations are ongoing and therefore, I should act carefully with regard to these matters. Therefore, I have acted based on their instructions in this regard because I don’t understand what is sensitive and what is not,” he said.

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  • Saradiel Friday, 01 June 2018 03:03 PM

    Oh ho, some thing fishy here. Appears at least some information not good for some people. Whatever, the full report has to come out. This relates to a major financial crimes in our history and the culprits should be exposed and punished.

    rew Friday, 01 June 2018 08:44 PM

    Time Austin fernando retired. What a hasty and stupid action to perform,

    Premalal Saturday, 02 June 2018 09:44 AM

    One puny geriatric civil servant asking an alleged dishonest civil sevant whether it is lawful to wipe their feet on the faces of the public.

    karu Friday, 01 June 2018 03:10 PM

    People of this country knew the truth well before the commission. What we want is the money back and the culprits punished

    kingBarnet@pakisland.lk Saturday, 02 June 2018 08:52 AM

    All people always not truth seekers. All got minds of their own so go to hell if what u think is not right. Those in darkness must come out to light. Full report must come out to light. Stay alive.

    Premalal Saturday, 02 June 2018 09:57 AM

    But the truth may hurt. This may lead to the President and his family.

    Hemantha Friday, 01 June 2018 04:05 PM

    I don't understand why countrie's executive president ask AG's opinion to release names of thieves list . All of you guys are answerable to public . please release the thieves list to the public without passing ball hear and there .

    Ceylon Friday, 01 June 2018 05:52 PM

    Good to reveal thieves.but for what?.dont exoect thieves ounish untill sirisena and ranil holding power.whats happening now to allready known thieves ????.nothing.they are trying to.be president.

    Premalal Saturday, 02 June 2018 09:50 AM

    The county's so called executive President is going through brain freezes. He has just realised that he has been touting a "100 day program" to win the presidential election has not his doing.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 01 June 2018 04:23 PM

    We need to legislate

    Premalal Saturday, 02 June 2018 09:54 AM

    This the only country where illegality is legalised. When the crooks and liars get cornered they just refer it to the AG.

    Ceylon Friday, 01 June 2018 04:37 PM

    Revealing and releasing are totaly stupid job.recover the stolen money and punish the criminals.only that must do.

    charles Friday, 01 June 2018 05:06 PM

    Why you want to hide it for thirty years,whom you want to shield,do you thik it will do good to national interest,do you think public will tolarate this, you are someone cannot print a gazatte,you are resposible of appointing mahanama to perz's office,you have done enough to disgrace the prez,resign, but before that expose central bank scam report.

    APR Friday, 01 June 2018 05:58 PM

    They spent public money to produce this report. So the public have the right to know what is in it, not only the politicians. They hide it as if they have spent their own money on this commission. Shame! Shame!

    gamarala Friday, 01 June 2018 06:02 PM

    Austin Fernando is the ideal "fixer" for anything that is inimical for those in power. This is why/how he was "appointed".

    lanka Friday, 01 June 2018 06:08 PM

    The committees were paid by the public to do the work. So what right have the President or anyone to stop publishing the full report. If the public have to wait for 30 years let the commissioners get paid after 30 years.

    Ceylon Friday, 01 June 2018 06:39 PM

    This is also stupud guy.even corrupt mahinda's chief of staff weeratunga is much able administrator than this person.

    charles Friday, 01 June 2018 07:49 PM

    Dear President, we still believe you are trustworthy, your secretary cannot be above you, and not trustworthy enough after his selection a known crook as your chief of staff, not efficient enough after publishing the same gazette three times due to ignorance,IMMEDIATELY ORDER HIM TO REVEAL THE NAMES OF CULPRITS and do not let the people to think that you too responsible concealment

    hello Saturday, 02 June 2018 02:07 PM

    Who came to catch thievs,now conceal their names to let them do more and more robarries,can't understand how and who dicided to keep away from public,in future elections these rogues will not get my vote but others

    Felix Jayasinghe Friday, 01 June 2018 07:53 PM

    What I would like to know from the Mr Austin Fenando is, if he would still release the full list of 118 names, if the President's name is also on the list, assuming of course that the AG and other legal experts do not object, on legal grounds.

    Unchikun Friday, 01 June 2018 08:53 PM

    This man is side stepping to release the name. There is no need for a list. Convert the documents to computer readable format and there run search on all the 200 MPs in parliament and you get a list is a few minuets!!! This is not rocket science.

    malij Friday, 01 June 2018 08:55 PM

    Does anyone honestly believe that Austin Fernando acted on his own by sending such sensitive set of documents to archives?

    rew Saturday, 02 June 2018 09:09 AM

    MS, RW, and MR probably involved in cover up.

    Premalal Saturday, 02 June 2018 10:00 AM

    No his boss instructed him to do it. Wonder why?

    L.Perera Friday, 01 June 2018 08:57 PM

    Parliment is a 'Hora Gula' ,palimentarians are 'Horu'

    Ceylon Friday, 01 June 2018 08:57 PM

    This us not atorney generals job.these thieves huding everything to save other thieves.why dont ask atorney general to reveal sirisena involved australian company bribe???.

    Upul Gunawardena Friday, 01 June 2018 09:08 PM

    I have no idea why he need the approval of AG's opinion? In a democratic country a big scale fraud like this has happened, then the people in that country have the right to know who the perpetrators are. This guy is trying to cover this up by giving some lame excuses.

    silva Saturday, 02 June 2018 07:07 AM

    UNP/SLFP/JHU/MEP /SLPPand Richard badurdeens parties will find it difficult to survive with the RTI in place

    Nuwan Saturday, 02 June 2018 08:00 AM

    Often the invoices owed by the candidates are directly paid off by the donor at the supplier and "proofs" are provided to the closest aide conducting the election campaign. You would rarely take traceable cash or cheques from the donors and bank them. It is a stupid thing to do. This looks like a deliberate setup to blackmail the politicians who took the bait. 118 is a good number to sustain power at the parliament. Every day the cleverness of the plot is getting revealed. RW is indeed a brain.

    Anika Saturday, 02 June 2018 09:47 AM

    Dayasiri has taken another 70 laks later is why it did not come to media?

    nimesh Saturday, 02 June 2018 10:57 AM

    Mr Austin Fernando does not need the Attorney General approval,,he has only to release the whole report..Austin Fernando has no right to conceal part of the report obviously at the request of the President to safeguard some of their party people,,,Austin Fernando must be taken to task for distorting the contents of the report by withholding some pages which he has no right to do,,

    Gona Saturday, 02 June 2018 11:21 AM

    How about rosy

    rajasenanayake712@gmail.com Sunday, 03 June 2018 05:27 PM

    Can the Right to Information be denied by the Attorney General

    Will Monday, 04 June 2018 04:55 PM

    Guy is a sworn UNP supporter,not aSLFP supporter


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