Yoshitha Rajapaksa, and four others including Rohan Weliwita, head of CSN and media secretary to Mahinda Rajapaksa and Nishantha Ranatunga were remanded till February 11, 2016 by the Kaduwela Magistrate this evening.
The five were arrested this evening by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) today after several hours of questioning with regard to alleged financial irregularities at the Carlton Sports Network (CSN) channel.
Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, his wife Shiranthi their eldest son, Namal, as well as Basil and Gotabaya Rajapaksa were at the Kaduwela Magistrate when the verdict was delivered
Speaking to the media soon after the verdict was delivered, Rajapaksa said that Minister Rajitha Senaratne had recently declared that two Rajapaksas will be arrested before February 4th. “So, now we can see who is pulling the strings,” he said.
Rajapaksa added that he was hoping for a fair verdict when the case is taken up again. “We are watching and waiting, and we are hoping that the courts will give us a fair verdict. “I know they have not committed any crimes,” he added. (By Munza Mushtaq – CT)