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Jail terms should not be taken seriously as such experience was natural for them, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said in Matale.

“I myself had served three months jail term,” Mr. Rajapaksa said.

The former president stated so while participating as a special invitee at the opening ceremony of new two storied Sangawasa at the Purijjala Sri Dammasiddharama Sri Sangabodi Pirivena Temple in Matale.

“As a Buddhist I didn’t discriminate against any religion and also did not engage in hatred politics but the good governance government is trying to send Rajapaksas to the jail without seeking for the Attorney General’s advices. During the 100-day period all we could hear was allegations,” he said.

“Basil was remanded and my secretary, former defence secretary and high ranks officials were called before the Bribery and Corruption Commission under the good governance.

“When Basil called me and told his desire to return to Sri Lanka I told that he would be arrested. He said he was innocent and had not done any wrong.
“Donating of clothing to Buddhist devotees had become a grave crime. Observation of “Sil” would also become an offence in future,” former president said.

“There are numerous allegations against the Commissioner of the Bribery or Corruption. She had acquired a land in the Nuckles Reserve and made a road haphazardly and taken a CCTV camera through cheating. She had claimed two salaries and non-declaration of assets. It was my serious mistake not taking prompt action against her during my tenure,” he said.

Rajapaksa also spoke of the service he had done for the Buddhist education- Pirivenas- as a Buddhist leader. He said he had made enough financial contributions to the Catholic Church than any other leader and said he had donated a block of land to the Dambulla Mosque as well.
He said he had a good rest during last 100 day period.

“But the country had gone back 100 years. Envy, hatred and revenge were spread throughout the country,” he said. (Mahesh Keerthirathne)


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  • ZIMBI Thursday, 23 April 2015 06:06 PM

    GOD WILL NEVER FORGIVE YOU

    ramzee Saturday, 25 April 2015 12:02 PM

    So, y in the heck basil ran away after the election if he is not guilty of any wrong doing as mentioned by former horapakse.

    mnmsart Saturday, 25 April 2015 08:57 AM

    Duminda Silva Sindrome?

    Jolly bird. Saturday, 25 April 2015 08:03 AM

    Yes of course. Whats it for wrong doers via DM Android App

    Manel Saturday, 25 April 2015 06:43 AM

    Next time at election nominations one of the questions should be "have you ever been a jailbird?".

    Dharshana. Friday, 24 April 2015 12:22 AM

    Since its not serious for your family we welcome you too to go to jail soon count the days please. Then why are you afraid to face the investigations dont you via DM Android App

    pradeep Thursday, 23 April 2015 06:23 PM

    You are an absolute load of rubbish,Mahendra Rajapakseyou are a disgrace to the human race,you are making the average Sinhalese race an ignorant lot,you are disgrace to Buddhism,leeave gracefully you clot

    OMG Thursday, 23 April 2015 06:20 PM

    If he was put in prison for no reason, I am sure MR would have killed off the person during the 10 years he was in power!

    ram Thursday, 23 April 2015 06:14 PM

    He is 200% true. Jail is not hard to politician, because they are not jailed but put in hospital and then given bails within a couples of days or in a week. Also they getting extra publicity by all medias while taking to remand. Never sentenced to long term prison.

    MightyAnt Thursday, 23 April 2015 05:30 PM

    Missed a point, jail and corruption not serious for politicians in Sri Lanka.

    kan Thursday, 23 April 2015 06:03 PM

    Politicians are lawmakers, trusted servants of public, if they do not commit any offence, why they should be jailed? You can not clap with one hand.

    Ryan Hudson Thursday, 23 April 2015 05:53 PM

    MRs mother died when he was in prison for no reason during 17 year barbarian UNP regime

    Jackpot Thursday, 23 April 2015 05:43 PM

    Did you have to go by helicopter to give all that. Surely WW carriedvyour bags.

    Latham Thursday, 23 April 2015 05:43 PM

    Has he actually lost his memory

    Gobson Thursday, 23 April 2015 05:38 PM

    Does he remember what he did to Gen Sarath Fonseka ?

    Gamaraala Thursday, 23 April 2015 05:36 PM

    What he is telling the people is that NOTHING should be investigated..

    yahapala Thursday, 23 April 2015 05:35 PM

    sir you are not serious of welfare of people, serioud only for grabbing power, not interested of stopping corruption, not accepting defeat, many thing for food for thought and reform yourselfthen we will reconsider

    Sri Lanka Thursday, 23 April 2015 05:34 PM

    What the hell is he uttering ? He wants the entire population to believe this type of BS ?


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