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AG tells Speaker not to release Bond forensic report

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told Parliament that the Attorney General had instructed him not to release the forensic report on the Treasury bond scam citing legal procedure.

The Speaker informed the House that he consulted the Attorney General on procuring the forensic report to the MPs as he promised on January 3.

“I have been informed that there were several legal actions been instituted and they were in progress on the basis of the forensic report on the Treasury bond scam,” the Speaker announced.

He added that the Attorney General in a communiqué addressed to him stated that several more cases were to be filed on the same revelations. As was the case, the Attorney General informed that it was not wise to release the forensic report to MPs.

JVP MP Bimal Rathnayake said Parliament is not bound to follow the Attorney General’s instructions always. As a member of the COPE that investigated the Treasury Bond scam, I demand that this forensic report be made available to all MPs. He added that the COPE is not a court, but as a committee of this parliament it proposed the a forensic investigation. “Rs. 900 million public funds was spent to make this report,” MP Rathnayake said.

Speaker Jayasuriya said he too needed to see it published and discuss the matter again with the Attorney General.

Kandy District UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella said Parliament has the power in matters related to government finances.This forensic report has studied the period from 2001 to 2015. Our government had been accused of selling treasury bonds worth Rs.10 billion and thereby causing a loss of Rs.12 billion. “But governments before us, had sold treasury bonds worth Rs 660 billion. How would the loss be for Rs.660 billion?” MP Kiriella queried.

Responding to MP Kiriella, Power State Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said the sale and purchase of treasury bonds is a strategy. “But the Treasury Bond Scam is a robbery done by the previous government,” State Minister Aluthgamage said.

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