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The move by the Finance Ministry to get hold of 1 billion USDs from a ‘mystery’ investor to defend Sri Lankan rupee was not acceptable in anyway and reflected the degree of desperation of the government as well as its bankruptcy, the Joint Opposition said today.

The expert on these matters for the Joint Opposition G.L. Peiris said the move was not only detrimental to the economy, but also would put the national security of the country at risk.

“The Ministry is withholding the identity of the investor and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake says that they are not concerned how the funds the investor is investing had been earned.

“These funds could be black money, drug money or funds collected by terrorists. External forces could invade our economic nerve centres by investing in them,” he told a news conference held at the Dr. N.M. Perera Centre in Borella.

He said the 500 USD million had been sent to the government by the investor already in December and the rest of the funds were to be received later this month.

He said one of the funds remitting bank is in Belgium and the other in Luxemburg.

He said the Finance Minister’s call that anyone can go to the courts if they have doubts with regard to the nature of funds was absurd.

“The government has no regulation over these funds. It is blatantly showing the world how bankrupt the government is. This move will only tarnish the image of the country,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

Video by Lahiru Pothmulla

  Comments - 17

  • Chris Thursday, 14 January 2016 06:13 AM

    The most bankrupt politician, who has not stood for a single election talking.

    mohamed Thursday, 14 January 2016 07:56 AM

    GL cannot contest and win election. He comes from the back door. Good for nothing person.

    Bala Thursday, 14 January 2016 12:03 PM

    Bankrupt politician says govt is bankrupt. What fun this is from GLP.

    xfernando Thursday, 14 January 2016 08:55 AM

    Yes, the country is bankrupt thanks to all the loans that your government took and the money that you stole.

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 14 January 2016 09:09 AM

    Many thanks for this situation needs to go to you and your master for having extravagant carnivals, spending on mega projects with a bankrupt return.

    Redna Thursday, 14 January 2016 09:26 AM

    GL is for Greatest Lunatic. He does not know what he is talking.

    dess Thursday, 14 January 2016 09:32 AM

    Mohamed, you could be right. But, GL has a point here and he is correct. You better read the article once again and try to understand.

    Ravi Thursday, 14 January 2016 09:35 AM

    Prof. Peris ,you too a bankrupt politician.

    Jaya Thursday, 14 January 2016 02:02 PM

    This not a matter to make insane comments

    Desmond Jeromme Thursday, 14 January 2016 09:51 AM

    GL only you are bankrupt after your King lost.

    Liam Thursday, 14 January 2016 12:59 AM

    Ravi needs to step aside. Two candidates have been sidelined - Harsha and Eran. We need economists to plan the future, not a CIMA accountant to balance the books.

    Rafee Thursday, 14 January 2016 02:37 PM

    It is utter disgrace for people who paved the way for bankruptcy to open up their stinking mouth now.

    ruwan Thursday, 14 January 2016 02:41 AM

    What GL does not know is that mystery man none other than MR. This is to have a guarantee that MR family will not be taken to court.

    Sonali Thursday, 14 January 2016 03:56 AM

    If the money that was deposited in foreign banks by this so called "expert" and other "experts" of the previous govt is brought back, we will not need the 1 billion US.

    Sonali Thursday, 14 January 2016 03:56 AM

    If the money that was deposited in foreign banks by this so called "expert" and other "experts" of the previous govt is brought back, we will not need the 1 billion US.

    Yaha Thursday, 14 January 2016 04:38 AM

    Well done GL your last Govt made this Govt Bancrupt and now you can laugh and sing about it.

    Hamlet Thursday, 14 January 2016 04:47 AM

    It is probably the Money Stolen from the Sri Lankan People, that MR stashed away in Belgium and Luxembourg

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