President Maithripala Sirisena today faulted the Singaporean Government of not making a clear and open statement as to whether the main respondent in the Central Bank bond scam was in the country.
“What I am concerned about is that the Singaporean Government has not made a clear statement about this yet. That is the prevailing situation. I see a certain lapse in international support in arresting the main respondent. The Singaporean Government should take more responsibility in this matter or else make a clear statement saying he is not in Singapore,” he said.
Speaking at a ceremony held in Colombo to launch the national action plan against bribery and corruption, the President said: “We have not been able to nab the main respondent in the Central Bank bond scam. That is the true situation. When I met the Singaporean Prime Minister, I spoke to him personally about this matter. I told him that this person has international warrants and to hand him over to us. What he told in response was that they would not hesitate to do so whether or not he was a Singaporean citizen.
“I appointed four commissions. One of them was to probe corruption at SriLankan Airlines and another was a presidential commission to probe the frauds and corruption under the present government during the past four years. When I went to the cabinet meeting after appointing and gazetting the commission to probe corruption in this government, some ministers asked me as to why I appointed a commission to probe corruption of this government without probing the previous one. I wondered at that moment whether those who asked so were in their proper senses because they had forgotten that I appointed a commission to probe the previous government and its report was presented in parliament as well.”
Bull-talk without charges Tuesday, 19 March 2019 06:55 AM
Tell soon, otherwise our verasuraya will be there. Off our vera will any way come to carry things. Smugling
ANTON Tuesday, 19 March 2019 07:19 AM
AND SRI LANKA SHOULD MAKE CLARIFICATION WHY THEY COULD NOT STOP BIG THIEVES AND MURDERERS GOING OUT OF THEIR COUNTRY
City Tuesday, 19 March 2019 07:33 AM
Sir, the president of the country walking with the opposition leader who is surrounded with corrupted party members for a government ceremony shows the volume.
Samson Tuesday, 19 March 2019 07:48 AM
Please do not spend poor mans money on these useless commissions when further action is not taken to apprehend those suspected of any guilt.
ramkumar Tuesday, 19 March 2019 08:24 AM
why don't you show your interest to produce war criminals alleged by the UN, before you expect singapore to do same.
Casanova Tuesday, 19 March 2019 08:27 AM
sunil vijaya Tuesday, 19 March 2019 08:27 AM
nothing to check. there is a good possibility he is there. if they fail to extradite him, sever all diplomatic connections with Singapore and trade etc. we really don't need them. they are now more worried about the Colombo port city more than anything else, which is a threat to them.
ajith Tuesday, 19 March 2019 02:21 PM
He is talking standing next to the Tsunami Hora.
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