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The government has gathered information on eight Dollar Accounts held in foreign banks by members of a VVIP family of the previous regime and the names of account holders will be disclosed after the ongoing investigations are over, Cabinet Spokesman and Minister Rajitha Senarathe said today.

He told the media at the weekly cabinet news briefing that in one account they had deposited US$ 1.86 billion,US$ 1.8 billion in another and US$ 500 million in yet another account.

When a journalist demanded Minister Senaratne to disclose the names of those allegedly held illegal dollar accounts in the banks in foreign countries, he declined and said it would affect the investigations.

Responding to a statement made by a member of a VVIP family disowning the dollar accounts, Minister Senaeratne said no one should jump the gun if they were innocent but vowed to disclose the names of account holders at the right time and also to bring them before the law on charges of money laundering and plundering of state resources.

Minister Senaratne appealed to the media not to give publicity to the investigations on illegal dollar accounts held by Sri Lankans as it would hamper the inquiry and added a few countries had expressed concerns on certain local media reports recently.

“Many countries have flexible legislations to deal with black money deposited in overseas banks. Only countries like Monaco have strict rigid laws on this matter. Therefore, Sri Lankan sleuths do not find the task impossible and they are confident that they would trace all illegal dollar accounts held by Sri Lankans and those who held them before long,” Minister Senaratne stressed.

He added that the US Federal Reserve (USFR) was assisting Sri Lanka in the investigations as the USFR had data on each and every dollar account held in any bank in anywhere in the world. (Sandun A Jayasekera)
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  • Coconut Republic Friday, 16 October 2015 12:13 AM

    Indeed. Spot on!

    carlos Friday, 16 October 2015 12:13 AM

    If the FBI had the right to raid FIFA offices in Zurich because the bribes were given in dollars, whats stopping them from doing the same to Sri Lankans who have amassed wealth in dollars in other countries as its against money laundering laws, Plundering state assets is a crime and their accounts could be frozen, at least in Swiss bank accounts, but the govt has to first get a court order and this could be filed through lawyers in Switzerland and request the accounts to be frozen.The question is why hasnt that been done till now??

    indika Friday, 16 October 2015 02:34 AM

    how did Rajitha bought six vessels... who is going to investigate his allegations . can he become such rich person being a minister or being a dentist

    lalith Friday, 16 October 2015 06:29 AM

    He also one of the most corrupt politicien in Sri Lanka. If somebody can dig his back-yard... How wonderful?

    Premalal Friday, 16 October 2015 08:01 AM

    There is absolutely no logic in hiding the names after disclosing the amount of money involved. How many people did have access to and the ability to plunder such vast amounts? The names are obvious.

    sujith Friday, 16 October 2015 08:13 AM

    When we see the figures in the accounts it is almost certain this is a lie. It is very unlikely that anyone can steal USD 4.2 billion in a period of 9 years. This minister is famous for telling baseless lies. So people should not be serious about what he says

    dinesh Friday, 16 October 2015 08:23 AM

    Soon will never come

    pun Friday, 16 October 2015 03:15 PM

    Periodically make this charge is to divert the more deeperpolitical dilemma of MS-RW governance. It will fissle offlike the Avant Grande matter and surely if MS handles itdirect!

    sathees Friday, 16 October 2015 03:16 PM

    Again "soon" and another in the same paper "New plans to be unveiled"Finish the job and let us know.

    Raj Thursday, 15 October 2015 09:33 PM

    If you are asking media not to give publicity, then why are you talking about it to the media?

    Dr Thursday, 15 October 2015 09:48 PM

    Dr Should Finish Investigation fully and tell the Press with the name.. Now he is giving ideas to the Names to find escape route.

    brainmaster Thursday, 15 October 2015 10:00 PM

    Elakiri ! SL will be rich. Get the money transfered to SL. Arrest the account holders and confiscate also their properties in SL.

    jolly bird Thursday, 15 October 2015 10:10 PM

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    chamila Thursday, 15 October 2015 10:08 PM

    just another media show. cheap politics.

    pathi Thursday, 15 October 2015 10:09 PM

    Well said sir. This is also one of the allegations only. First will investigate CB Bond scam.

    mohamed Thursday, 15 October 2015 10:49 PM

    still they dont know how to keep secret until that proof now the guilties will search how to escape from this ohh God we send these kind of people to the paliment

    TONY Thursday, 15 October 2015 10:50 PM

    DOC. IF YOU ARE NOT READY TO NAME THE ACCOUNT HOLDERS, WHY HINT. WHAT ABOUT NAMING THE CORRUPT POLITICIANS INVOLVED IN MEGA DEALS, DRUGS ETC. AS PROMISED DURING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

    Lima Thursday, 15 October 2015 11:11 PM

    ALL OF SRI LANKA AND THE WORLD KNOWS WHO ARE THE GREATEST ROBBERS OF SRI LANKA HISTORY , SO WHY WE STILL GO BEATING AROUND THE BUSH . EXPOSE AND PUNISH AND HANG THEM , FINISH DEAL

    below Thursday, 15 October 2015 11:24 PM

    is it also like January 8night coup via DM Android App

    Ranjan Thursday, 15 October 2015 11:41 PM

    He is dentist. He pulls teeth!


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