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Colombo, Feb 02 (Daily Mirror) - Former Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has been arrested  by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) a short while ago in connection with the importation of substandard Immunoglobulin injections.

Rambukwella complied with a court order, arrived at the CID this morning to provide a statement.

Maligakanda Magistrate Lochana Abeywickrama had directed Rambukwella to report to the CID at 9 AM on Friday (2) following submissions by Deputy Solicitor General Lakmini Girihagama on behalf of the Attorney General during a court hearing on the controversial human immunoglobulin procurement case.

After more than 10 hours of interrogation, the minister was arrested in connection with the matter.


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  • Nuwan Friday, 02 February 2024 07:59 PM

    Joke, He will be out by tomorrow

    Single Cell Saturday, 03 February 2024 01:03 AM

    I don’t think so… it’s RW in power my friend… he’s very different to the others.

    Dan Saturday, 03 February 2024 10:56 AM

    RW is taking revenge from those who left and subsequently criticised him. Selective justice. Yes. He IS very different to others

    Prince Friday, 02 February 2024 08:12 PM

    Arrested good news. Where is he now. Hospital or granted bail.

    SJ Friday, 02 February 2024 08:13 PM

    I hope justice will be served to General public and the victims without any political interference.

    Nadi Karunaratne Friday, 02 February 2024 08:18 PM

    Off to the Merchants Ward before being released? Performative? Hopefully not.

    Smallest fish Friday, 02 February 2024 08:19 PM

    What about the big fishes ?

    Buddhist Friday, 02 February 2024 08:22 PM

    Since people died for his illegal acts, he should never get bail from any court. Let the laws of the land prevail, Chief Justice.

    Lion Friday, 02 February 2024 08:27 PM

    Hope he will not be released tomorrow.

    Jim kuru Friday, 02 February 2024 08:28 PM

    News for the day.

    Mahajana danaya Friday, 02 February 2024 08:35 PM

    This is the first time I heard this kind of news in Sri Lanka. Although not all are positive, this is a good move. on behalf of the victim and innocent patents in the country, . I wish the strength to court to end up him in Jail too

    Will Be Released Somehow Saturday, 03 February 2024 06:52 AM

    Will either be released again with insufficient or incomplete evidences or warded in hospital for health issues!

    Lakmal Kahawela Friday, 02 February 2024 08:37 PM

    House arrest ?

    Big Sam Friday, 02 February 2024 08:38 PM

    And our Mr. Bean was trying to protect this rascal by giving him a promotional kick upstairs to the UK!

    Mohamed Zainudeen Friday, 02 February 2024 08:41 PM

    Will develop a sudden illness and go straight to a comfortable bed in National or Jayawardenapura. All a Boru show to fool the masses. This joker will never be convicted

    Sanjeewa.rambukwella@gmail.com Friday, 02 February 2024 08:41 PM

    That's a good decision by the law authorities this thing should be properly investigated and should be punished

    Dutugamunu1 Friday, 02 February 2024 08:48 PM

    Will get bail tomorrow and until then will be in prison hospital

    Dilip Fernando Friday, 02 February 2024 08:55 PM

    Difficult to trust the law

    kaleel cader Saturday, 03 February 2024 05:04 AM

    can trust the law but cant trust the politician in power, as they will create big drama and he will be out tomorrow. Band him from holding any public office and remove his fundamental rights.

    Keliyaa Friday, 02 February 2024 09:02 PM

    Poor chap....he went all the way to India using "his so called own funds" to inspect medicinal production facilities for the sake of the poor Sri Lankan masses. Now see the fate of him....hic...hic....

    johan Friday, 02 February 2024 09:06 PM

    This is why we need a People's council to take forward any government in correct path. The participants of this council will be civil activists out side any political association. People's mandate does not mean giving license to do all sort of corruptions.

    THE TRUE Friday, 02 February 2024 09:06 PM

    THE FIRST ONE, WELL DONE CONTINUE UNTIL CACHE THE BIG FISH.

    joshua Friday, 02 February 2024 09:08 PM

    Good. But when is the bail? Normally with the bail the case in over if you are a politician.

    Ruwan Das Friday, 02 February 2024 09:18 PM

    "Substandard immunoglobulin injections" is a misnomer. It should be coloured water labelled as immunoglobulin.

    RuwanL Friday, 02 February 2024 09:19 PM

    He will be out on bail tomorrow! This will be the biggest joke!

    Hadiran Friday, 02 February 2024 09:20 PM

    Let's hope at last culprits are given the due punishment

    Ah Friday, 02 February 2024 09:29 PM

    Is he already bailed out? Eye wash

    Pantha Kumaran Friday, 02 February 2024 11:31 PM

    The government is thinking we all are stupid. Tomorrow he will be out on bail. He will keep on to be our minister. Crooks rule Sri Lanka from President down to MPs. remember our President was part of bond scam

    Tissa Fernando Friday, 02 February 2024 09:35 PM

    Will he get a luxury apartment in the prison with a gym too.

    Mandayan Friday, 02 February 2024 09:37 PM

    Had he gone to CID yesterday, he could have moved the bail today. Now he should be inside until Monday. Don’t keep him in any upper floors!

    Upulpb Friday, 02 February 2024 09:40 PM

    Wonder which hospital he will be admitted to

    Banda Friday, 02 February 2024 09:44 PM

    He must be immediately sacked from his ministerial responsibilities and prohibited from holding public office until the matter is settled.

    Mahila Saturday, 03 February 2024 04:13 AM

    NOT Guilty until conclusively committed as such by Sri Lankan COURTS!!! Until then, MERE Allegations and becomes qualified as ALLEGED Offender!!! If, investigations are undoubtedly scrupulous, and substantive, will become the ACCUSED (one of the many) IN THIS CASE!? Thereafter, when courts agree and determine, of his Guilt, “FINAL NAIL”, is driven on the BOARD – CONDEMNED!? SADLY but truly, NOT until THEN! That’s our judicial system which must be respected!! PATIENCE is MOST invaluable, IRREPLACEABLE, virtuous commodity in such instances, though many detest and for whatever reason to satiate their thirst/hunger for revenge are in such haste!!??? HASTE MAKES WASTE!!??

    Dilharth Friday, 02 February 2024 09:48 PM

    All this is eye wash. If this corrupt SOB is ever jailed then we as country have achieved true independence.

    Prakash Friday, 02 February 2024 10:00 PM

    Next news - released on bail. Nothing new and he will roam like all the others ever after

    Julampitiye Amare Friday, 02 February 2024 10:14 PM

    “10 hour investigation “, what a joke . They all waited until the kitchen in “Kingsbury” is open for Dinner. All must be sleeping inside. So after the dinner , Mr K is going for a nab in prison Hospital for a sweet dream, morning he will be having a “ bubble bath” at home .

    Aquarius Friday, 02 February 2024 10:29 PM

    We know for sure, a fair number of convicted criminals are sitting in parliament. If this man has been arrested he should not be allowed to enter parliament or hold any ministerial position in the cabinet. Those who are protecting him must be working overtime to keep him from prison.

    ALWAYS HOPE THE COUNTRY WILL BE RID OF CROOKS. THUGS AND BACK SCRATCHER Friday, 02 February 2024 11:18 PM

    WHO'S NEXT? GET THEM ONE BY ONE IF THE COUNTRY IS GOING TO BE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN AND BRING UP THE PRESENT GENERATION AND THOSE TO COME. THIS SCUMBAG AND OTHERS LIKE HIM MUST BE WIPED OUT OF POLITICS

    Jayantha Friday, 02 February 2024 11:30 PM

    So what about those who protected by voting against the no confidence motion brought by the opposition. Gohome government. What a disgrace to protect a guy who gave coloured water as medicine so far. Anyway he may get bail easily.

    Erandani Dias Friday, 02 February 2024 11:56 PM

    Next should be the guys who rush to import food when the prices rise by even a few cents, depriving local farmers of their living.........Commissions Rule!

    Jude Saturday, 03 February 2024 01:06 AM

    When he'll be released on bail !!?? That's the norm, this is just a public stunt to hoodwink the public yeah.

    michael perera Saturday, 03 February 2024 01:17 AM

    He has a long history of corruption and misbehaviour. Remember his fall off a hotel balcony in Melbourne and the protection of his son who stole exam papers at school? He will be protected again and joint the diplomatic corps.

    Kumar Saturday, 03 February 2024 01:33 AM

    People have no respect for Mr Bean as he is ever grateful to the corrupt RAJAPAKSA CROOKS WHO HAD only a few acres of paddy and coconut. Now billionaires after robbing. MR BEAN AFTER SUCH EXPOSURE OF COMPLICITY TO ROBBING THE POOR PATIENTS GAVE HIM ANOTHER MINISTRY WHERE HE COULD ROB MORE WITH CONVICTED ROGUE PRASANNA RANATUNGA NOW SUPPORTING HIM. I HOPE THIS FELLOW WHO COLLECTED 20 MILLION FROM THE PRESIDENTS FUND AFTER AUSTRALIAN HOTEL PAID HIS BILLS WHEN HE JUMPED FROM HIS BALCONY DRUNK HAVING SEEN A WHITE WOMAN. NATION AWAITS JUDGMENT WHERE SUCH RASCALS SHOULD BE JAILED FOR 20 YEARS. INNOCENT YOUNG PEOPLE DIED BECAUSE OF FAKE DRUGS. THIS WHOLE BUNCH MUST BE DEFEATED SOON.

    Somapala Saturday, 03 February 2024 01:36 AM

    If the Government is serious about stopping corruption full force of the Law should be allowed to take its course. This man has blood on his hands not merely due to the fraudulent import of substandard Immunoglobulin injections BUT also being the 'Dr Goebbels' of the murderous regime of Rajapakse's. He has the blood of others not only in his hands BUT all over his body including his private parts.

    Samantha Saturday, 03 February 2024 01:47 AM

    10 hour interrogating. Dont try to make us laugh. My foot.

    L Jaya Saturday, 03 February 2024 01:54 AM

    He will be bailed out tomorrow or will be in private hospital for treatment of depression and anxiety. How much of public funds spent yesterday to bring him to CID for his security. What a shame. RW looking after the well-being of his golayas, what about the most vulnerable and marginalised

    Neil Saturday, 03 February 2024 02:25 AM

    He will be produced before Thilina Gamage tomorrow and will be released on bail. This is Sri Lanka, the most corrupt country in the world. Don't keep high hopes for justice.

    Ram Saturday, 03 February 2024 02:42 AM

    Magistrate very likely to remand him for a few days. Others have been in remand for longer periods and as this appear to be the last link in the investigation, Police are likely to say investigations complete and the whole lot will get bail then

    Concerned Citizen Saturday, 03 February 2024 02:50 AM

    Let this be a small reward to all the people who lost their lives for the aragalya! We have to keep cleaning Sri Lanka. Tamils , Sinhalese and Muslims must start focusing on peace and community like the western countries and stop voting for any politician who brings up the word “religion”!

    Patriot Saturday, 03 February 2024 03:30 AM

    It is crystal clear that he was involved in why CID spent 10 hours investigating and arresting him. Election is on the plate so big fish will not be involved in justice

    KR Supporter Saturday, 03 February 2024 03:59 AM

    He was arrested just to calm down would-be anti-government voters. Keheliya will be released soon with no further action.

    Gokula siripathiarachchi Saturday, 03 February 2024 04:03 AM

    This fellow is in the select group of top idiots in politics, in a country where stupidy and theft amongst politicians is at a high level.

    Ramesh Saturday, 03 February 2024 05:30 AM

    How come he didn't complain about "political chest pain" yet, and admitted himself to a private hospital?

    KR Supporter Saturday, 03 February 2024 05:50 AM

    He must be released immediately and be awarded on the 76th Independence Day for trying to save money for Sri Lanka by manufacturing medicine (coloured water) instead of importing and also trying to reduce the population (by enhancing the death of patients) in this overcrowded country.

    Gfjfhjjjjhc Saturday, 03 February 2024 06:27 AM

    My main question is that, why till this late, why president or the law maker minister never wanted to bring this issue, for them people dying from something like this is a Neflix movie, thank you very much justice, this should continue to every politian, they should understand the serious of all these, and where are the other scams examined, like the sugar, coconut oil, very poor administration

    Buddhika ජයවර්ධන Saturday, 03 February 2024 06:28 AM

    At least the nation will have a few days of peace when he is symbolically kept behind bars for media sake. If all the jokers can take a few days each we can turn the nation.

    Sanath Hettige Saturday, 03 February 2024 06:31 AM

    To The Hospital with Chest Pain...!!

    Saturday, 03 February 2024 06:48 AM

    Next : Mahinda Ranil Mahindananda Rattaran Wimal Gobbasena ....

    Nilmini Welivita Saturday, 03 February 2024 06:54 AM

    Hon. Rambukwella is an innocent man. He is not an expert in medicine so how can he no what is good and bad? It is the drug mafia connected to the JVP that should be in prison.

    Banda Iya Saturday, 03 February 2024 11:11 AM

    A remarkable discovery. Why don't you start a private intelligent agency ?.

    Victims are dead and blind due to Keheliya's crime Saturday, 03 February 2024 07:34 AM

    In 1960s an MP Munnekulama gave a transfer to a teacher, and Minister Marikkar approved a phone line. They took Rs.100/- each. No victims and PM Sirimavo sacked them both. But this time victims are dead or blind. Will the sentence be in par with the seriousness of crime? Mr.K met his waterloo!

    cokis Saturday, 03 February 2024 08:00 AM

    Seems these stunts are still a great election tactics in SL. Well 69 mil intelligent voters what else yup ... Great going

    KR Supporter Saturday, 03 February 2024 08:04 AM

    I do not doubt that he will be in the hospital until he is acquitted and released.

    Thomas Dharmachandra Saturday, 03 February 2024 08:41 AM

    At Last something Good happened in Sri Lanka

    Preme Saturday, 03 February 2024 11:00 AM

    If anyone thinks this will extend to other corrupt politicians they are day dreaming. This man is taking revenge from those who left UNP and was critical about his leadership.

    Preme Saturday, 03 February 2024 11:01 AM

    If anyone thinks this will extend to other corrupt politicians they are day dreaming. This man is taking revenge from those who left UNP and was critical about his leadership.

    Nihal S Saturday, 03 February 2024 04:47 PM

    Is this the same guy who fell from the balcony and got injured while chasing a girl on a private holidays in Australia and used the President fund to pay his hospital bills?


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