22 October, 2020

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AG’s Department Soft Peddling Bribery And Corruption Cases

In over a year, out of some 38 bribery and corruption related cases, the Attorney General’s Department has only given rulings to a mere four cases.

Jayantha Jayasuriya - AG

Jayantha Jayasuriya – AG

Even though the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) has completed the investigations and sought the advice of the AG’s Department to proceed with 38 cases, the AG’s Department has delayed the process by not giving clear instructions to the FCID on how to proceed with the cases, which also include several high profile corruption cases, involving millions former VVIPs of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.

Even though it has been over a year since the FCID completed certain investigations into many of these high profile cases, the AG’s Department has delayed in giving advice on how to proceed with 33 cases.

The four cases, to which the AG’s Department has given the ruling are; A case involving Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Pelpita, where funds from the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission amounting to Rs. 600 million was allegedly illegally used to provide sil clothing.

The second case is in connection to a deposit of the Ceylon Electricity Board at the Peoples Leasing Company over the sum of Rs. 645 million. The people involved in this case include; Sanjiva Bandaranaika, Chandana Gunawardena, Duminda Silva and Arachchige Prasanna.

The third case to which the AG’s Department has granted advice to proceed is a case centering around Rs. 204 million, where the traditional Almanacs were printed from funds off the Divineguma Programme. The people involved in this case include, Basil Rajapaksa. The fourth case involving Nalaka Godahewa, and Dhammika Perera, is over an amount of Rs. 5 million involving Tharunyayata Hetak and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Among the high profile cases to which the AG’s Department has delayed in giving advice, so the FCID could proceed are; the case amounting to Rs. 306 million involving Wimal Weerawansa and his wife, Shashi, a case amounting to Rs. 2.9 billion involving Basil Rajapaksa, a case involving Ajith Nivard Cabraal, and P B Jayasundera among others over a hedging fund amounting to Rs. 200 to 700 million, and another case amounting to Rs. 600 million involving Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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  • 31
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    Now who can investigate the AG or the AG’s Dept. We all know that this department is the gate keepers who protect the top fraudsters. So what do we do now?

    • 13
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      Who has the power to oversee what the corrupt monkeys at AG’s department are up to? Or are they a law unto themselves?

      Cheers!

      • 14
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        Oh! Sorry! I forgot.

        Hihgly untrustworthy AG’s Department is being sort of overseen by Rt. Hon. Dealdasa Rajapassa.

        Also known for his unquestionable integrity & intellecutal prowess. As proclaimed by none other than, he himself.

        Cheers!

        PS:

        God bless Sri Lanka!

        • 6
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          Ben Hurling

          It will take a long time for the ‘Way of Thinking’ Practised during the Rajapakse Regime, to be Supplanted in the Minds of Sri Lankans.

          If the People did not see anything wrong in the Rajapakse actions, as long as they built Showy Airports, Harbours and Theatres, they will continue to demand similar MegaProjects by the Present Government!

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        Ben Hurling

        “Who has the power to oversee what the corrupt monkeys at AG’s department are up to?”

        If you can’t find the right person for the job why don’t you import some highbred lawyers from outside?

        ” Or are they a law unto themselves?”

        What a silly question.

        • 1
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          Native,

          Current AG’s has way too much hair on both his ears. Impeccable persoanl hygiene is key, when one is Sri Lanka’s AG.

          His hearing must be impaired by that situation on his ears.

          Could be the root cause behind him not listening to the screaming, furious Sri Lankan public.

          Why don’t you fix our AG an appointment at THE KESS for a hair-trimming session? Head massage included, don’t forget.

          Cheers!

    • 1
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      RE: AG’s Department Soft Peddling Bribery And Corruption Cases

      They all are thieves.

      Sri Lanka needs Foreigners to catch these thieves.

      All at AG’s Department have been bribed by the stolen billions.

  • 9
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    This pro western government will not address any question on bribery and corruption. The actual beneficiaries of corruption is the western Banking system and ultimately the west. Are we to believe that these vultures will ever agree to return the billions of poor peoples money . You must be joking. Lets be realistic Ranil W who is a lakey of the west will never agree to investigation of corruption. They will punish a small fry and pretend that they have fought corruption. No wonder the Rajapakses are walking as if nothing has happened.
    Is it not a joke that since Marrikkar a minister was prosecuted in 1958 no politician has been convicted of corruption. So all our politicians are lily white. The rulers of the poor countries are a disgraceful bunch. Unfortunately nothing will happen the rulers will continue to sell their people to slavery whilst borrowing money and playing it out. This will continue in the name of Democracy until a violent revolution against corruption will leave the country in a worst position than before. We have seen that withthe recurrent violent uprisings by the JVP and LTTE. This is the realism of the present situation No Hope in Hell.

  • 16
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    Even if the cases go to Court, the official will know how to help other officials. Now you see the FCID did not arrest the culprits involved in the Rs 600 million worth of Sil redi scamp from TRC fund.

    Definitely Mr Weerathunga and Anusha Palpita will emerge victorious at the end of the case as the blood is thicker than the water. The official have the habit to follow you scrub my back i scrub your

  • 9
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    You scratch my back. I scratch your back

  • 13
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    Two instances where out going officers i.e. Attorney General and IGP were replaced with what was assumed to be the most suitable non Rajapkashe lackey has turned out to be disasters. The public demands an explanation. The line minister needs to be held accountable as well. If no explanation can be provided then the public has the right to assume there is no genuine reason other than corruption which is being ignored by all those responsible.

  • 16
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    AG’s office is not a political platform. It is due to the foolish political decision of former CJ Sarath N.Silva that entire country is suffering to the core. He was preaching bana in TNL TV to portray himself as a visioned Buddhist. Now all can see his wisdom. AG together with other public servants too should not take political decisions. There are enough provisions in the constitution to nab anyone whether executive or not if they are not performing their duties to prosecute crimes committed. If not allowed to perform their duties all genuine public servants must resign quoting that they are not allowed to perform their duties and petition the HR Communion that they be given their dues. People will do the rest.

  • 10
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    Immediately after the formation of the current govt. the people were
    excited with the talk of the town that many who robbed people’s money
    will be put behind bars and the PM, Mangala , Rajitha Senaratne and the President himself made further statements that arrests of high profile people involved in corruption and political murders are imminent but until today, no one among the indicted are brought
    before the courts, and punished and neither a statement is made by
    the PM or the Prez to the waiting public on the delay in charging these people. The high profile politicians and others involved in corruption and murders are moving freely inland and overseas and some engaged in active political activities, even against the govt. and this is a clear indication that there is an understanding between the Govt. and these people that they will not be harmed but may have to be arrested & discharged, occasionally to cool the public.

    There was a Ha Ho when the new IGP and AG were chosen. IGP said that
    Police will do their job independently and FCID will be strengthened
    to accommodate more culprits and AG said that he was working late hours to clear all these cases and culprits will be brought to justice.
    Many moons have passed and the situation remains the same and people are certainly taken for a ride but certainly not for long as they have the vote in their hands, which will decide as who will run the next Govt.

  • 14
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    To reiterate:

    With a Minister of Justice like we have, what chance does ‘Justice’ have in Sri Lanka?

    Doesn’t speak well for our ‘leaders’ whose reputations (caused by appointments of friends and family members) are already on a downward spiral with little chance of recovery!

    So, as Vas pointed out, “This is the realism of the present situation. No Hope in Hell”.

  • 5
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    Wonder how much did the Singaporean and the Son in Law have in their F****** CID files , individually or in combination?…

  • 18
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    AG has been told by Wijedasa Rajapakse to soft peddle with the FCID Cases. So the AG is applying delayed tactics to prevent the political roughs from facing justice. We will never be able to do this as long as Wijedasa Rajapakse is in charge of Justice ministry.

    • 4
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      You mean by PK.W?(Pata koka)

    • 4
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      Gamaya – You mark my words. FCID will be scrapped under the pretext that it was not legally constituted and cases already recorded will be put on hold until a new FCID is properly constituted along with the new constitution and a new govt. may be in power, then.

      Thank you, your sincerely.

      ………………..

  • 17
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    SHAME ON YOU A.G. DO YOUR JOB PROPERLY OR RESIGN SAVING TAX PAYERS MONEY.

    DEMART.

  • 6
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    Miracles do not happen! We cannot walk on water!

    What was destroyed over atleast 50 years, will take atleast 30nyears to rebuilt ], if the concepts of democracy and good governance come into play immediately and remain so for that period. Is it likely?

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  • 10
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    Please give priority to Wimal & Shashi’s cases as the general public is awaiting this for a long time now. Apparently there is a forced delay at AG office by the interested parties within it. We wante justic

  • 12
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    Blame is on Wijedasa Rajapakse. Is there undue influence from him . If so Reshuffle the Cabinet and get the right person to do that job. Sarath Fonseka is ideal. Public can’t wait any longer with such culprits around in Parliament

  • 15
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    As long as Wijedasa Rajapakse is the minister of justice nothing will happen.

    • 7
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      Is n’t it in the PM or The President’s powers to remove the minister and clear the blockage? What are they waiting for? May be for a clear evidence that the vast majority of citizens are behind such a decision!

  • 2
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    I would like to point out a few things

    1) The AG department is independant and repots on to the AG.

    2) if someone is agreived with the AG department there is a remedythey can file action in the court of appeal for a writ of mandamus and the court will examine if a prima facia case has been established ( without examining defense evidence).and order the AG to prosecute.

    3)The director general bribery commission can indict for bribery cases Only without the the santion of the AG.
    if she is so confident of her case why doesnt she do that???

    4) No AG likes to loose in the high court

    5) The purpose of the judical system is not only to ounish the guilty but to protect the innocent from the over zealous state.If a innocent man is indicted he may regain his freedom at the HC. but suffer for two years and spend millions on lawyers.

    6) the police is well known to fabricate evidence as seen in seetha swaduni case and other cases.the accused was freed only because of smart lawyers who went after the evidence.sadly none of the police were procecuted for giving false evidence.

    7) the AG after retiring can make a shit load of money in the private Bar as such does not care for the govt your website or your readers

  • 6
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    I am concerned . JVP champions of the working calss is silent . They could ask a parlimentry commitee to look in to this and call the AG to give reason.

    Why are they silent.!!!!!!!

  • 4
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    So how the hell are those found listed in the Panama Papers are going to be investigated and prosecuted, and obviously they have acted against the laws of the country. Either the people in the AG’s department are on the take, what with the new luxury life styles of a strange few beneficiaries, or are been threatened and do not have the guts to act faithfully and professionaly.

  • 2
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    There will never be any prosecutions as long as the two biggest rogues,
    Sirisena and Ranil are there. They are quite aware the buck stops with
    them. Unless there is some uprising in the country they will ruin the
    country before end of their term.

  • 3
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    The minister of justice interfering in judicial matters, judicial became a political plat form ,president says he will change the cabinet but nothing,

    • 2
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      Kathawa Dolawen, Gamana Pain.

  • 1
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    Why not we introduce capital punishment practiced in our role model country Peoples Republic China?

  • 0
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    I believe there was a case involving a top lawyer where ships bringing coal into the country was diverted etc. Bad weather they said. The lawyers were accused, in the case and strangely they wer given bail not the mandatory remand. What was the AG’s advice to the CID or the FCID?

  • 3
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    Remove the most corrupt minister of yahapalnaya; Dealdasa Rajapaksa from cabinet and his responsibilities. That will remove all obstacles including the most lethargic and inept AG; Jayasuriya. Bunch of dirty rats appointed by the most corrupt dirtiest former strongman MR are the reason for why nothing is moving.

  • 2
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    With a little bit of facial make up and tinkering this guy could be made to look like the spitting image of Reichfuhrer Heinrich Himmler.

    Dress the guy in full SS uniform and Himmler has come to life.

    Even if Himmler woke up from his grave he would not be able to spot the difference.

  • 0
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    Are we to conclude that all are rogues? Bensen

  • 1
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    Give private Lawyers to sue on a percentage basis if AG could not do the job.

  • 0
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    A.G.this the time for you to show your colours. Follow the foot steps of people

    like late Victor Tennakoan.

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