JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has accused the Yahapalanaya government of protecting the former first family, including Shiranthi Rajapaksa and her sons, despite credible evidence proving that they have wrongfully taken over property and lands from across the country.
Addressing an event held in Colombo titled ‘Fraudsters & Protectors’ Dissanayake said that there is a ring in the government that is protecting the Rajapaksas. “The UNP MPs are coming on television and saying it’s very difficult to find evidence against the wrongdoings of the Rajapaksa family. They are saying the Rajapaksas have hidden their wealth in Dubai and even though they have gone to Dubai, the Dubai government is refusing to disclose information. I am telling them to stop going to Dubai, instead go to Hambantota and Mount Lavinia and see the amount of wealth they have amassed.”
Dissanayake also listed out various lands under the possession of Shiranthi Rajapaksa, her sons Yoshitha and Namal, and her mother Daisy Forrest. He revealed that they, along with Basil Rajapaksa have lands from Gampaha to Mount Lavinia, and Hambantota to Colombo 7. Dissanayake also questioned as to how Basil Rajapaksa owned land worth Rs. 379 million.
“These are only what we know about. What did they do to get so much of property in these past few years. These belong to the people. They are thieves who were defeated at the January 8 Presidential Election,” he said.
The JVP leader also criticized the judiciary system for prolonging various cases against Basil Rajapaksa. “In one of Basil’s cases, the hearing was held last month and it has been put off till next March. Our judges are so busy. So basically, these cases are only taken up twice a year. There is a ring that is protecting these thieves. We have presented the evidence against them, but still no action is being taken,” he added.
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