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Waidyalankara now with those he was probing - Mangala:

‘Former FCID head must explain failure to prosecute previous regime’s corruption’

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday took former Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) head Senior DIG Ravi Waidyalankara to task for failing to show tangible progress on legal action pertaining to the financial frauds committed during the previous administration.

Responding to a question by a journalist at a press conference at the Finance Ministry auditorium as to what happened to the FCID probes on the irregularities in the stock exchange, Samaraweera said he too was frustrated over lack of their progress over the past few years.

“What has happened to those probes and many other FCID probes has to be asked from the former FCID Chief. Everybody complained to the Government. We were also disappointed as to why no action was being taken despite having enough evidence.

We are getting answers now. On one hand, former Justice Minister Dr Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has admitted that he had suppressed cases pertaining to former Defence Ministry Secretary Gotagaya Rajapaksa and, on the other hand, the former FCID Head has now united with the same bunch of rogues against whom he did investigations. It is now clear what happened to these cases,” he replied.

Replying to another question, Samaraweera said the Committee report on providing relief and compensation to journalists who were harassed during the period from 2005-2015 was approved by Cabinet last Tuesday. He said the report contains the final list of journalists to be paid compensation, adding that they would receive compensation after the Presidential Election.

 


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