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Who is the Sri Lankan who was paid $250mn bribe to derail litigation against X-Press Pearl?

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Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said he got hold of details regarding the transfer of US $ 250 million to the foreign account of a Sri Lankan as a bribe to obstruct the legal process related to X-Press Pearl disaster, and directed the police to initiate investigations into it.

However the Minister is yet to name the individual involved.

The Singapore-registered X-Press Pearl ship was on fire for two weeks near the Colombo port in May, 2021 causing a disaster to the marine environment of the country.

The X-Press Pearl had been carrying 25 tonnes of nitric acid, along with other chemicals and cosmetics, when it caught fire on May 20, 2021.

The government authorities are now planning for litigation against the company seeking compensation.

Minister Rajapakshe told Daily Mirror that he received details related to the bank transaction involving a US $ 250 million bribe to derail the process, denying compensation to the country.

“Money has been transferred to the foreign bank account of a Sri Lankan national. As the minister, I directed the police to investigate the matter. I gave all the details to the police. The police have already commenced investigations," he said.

Meanwhile, he said the Attorney General is proceeding with plans for litigation in Singapore.

Sri Lankas lawyers have hired a few foreign legal experts since the case is to be heard under a different direction. (KELUM BANDARA)

  Comments - 10

  • Volker Metzger Thursday, 20 April 2023 02:04 PM

    One can only wonder about Sri Lanka, its politicians and what is happening there in "dark channels"!!! However, one can no longer be surprised that this wonderful country was led into catastrophe and close to the abyss by the political elite! Sri Lanka needs a radical cure that extends to all areas of politics and economy! But where are the political leaders who can and want to accomplish this mammoth task!?

    $250 million bribe not possible these are diversion tactics Thursday, 20 April 2023 02:30 PM

    There have been no worldwide bribes anywhere in the vicinity of $250 million dollars. The whole allegation about Sri Lankan getting a world record sized bribe is total fabrication. All this drama and fuss is to take away attention about local government elections. Have public chasing meaningless ideas like dog chasing tail instead of public getting fair elections as per law and Constitution.

    mihiri perera Thursday, 20 April 2023 04:55 PM

    the citizens of SriLanka have the right to know who this person is

    Quolp Thursday, 20 April 2023 08:33 PM

    Mind it, before stepping into action, the self proclaimed Justice Minister should summon before the people to receive the mandate. No any single minister has any authority to hold either the parliamentary seat or a Ministry to carry out duties.

    Dilip Kumar from Canada Thursday, 20 April 2023 10:39 PM

    Mr.10 percentage still in action

    Nilmini Welivita Friday, 21 April 2023 09:05 AM

    What happened has happened and now it is time to forget about it and move on and concentrate on the future.

    Mahila Monday, 24 April 2023 09:12 AM

    That's true and convenient! Please forget about MaRa's escapades and "what has happened has happened"!!! Very good joke? This will go on for eternity until everyone from SL disappears from this land!!! Then only Medamulana the principality and family will remain enjoying the entire island! Good idea, if all agree!

    DJ Friday, 21 April 2023 09:41 AM

    Nothing to look into this , as you know who is behind it so grow up and don't be dumb, the people also know.

    Jude Friday, 21 April 2023 09:55 AM

    Gone are the days politicians take 100 million Rupees bribe!! Nowadays it's in USD over 100 million, Huh!!

    Zaza Sunday, 23 April 2023 01:22 AM

    Why these things are happening in Sri Lanka, yet those in power remain unmoved? There is a Hole in our political system. Let us change the systems for a better tomorrow. The executive Presidential system must go. A lunatic Electoral system must go. Let there be accountability, transparency, and meritocracy in the political system.

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