30 June, 2022


Basil’s Land Issue: Willie Gamage And Ariyathilaka Dahanayake Released On Bail

Rajapaksa loyalists, Willie Gamage and Ariyathilaka Dasanayake were released on bail today by the Gampaha Additional Magistrate, after the FCID arrested them this afternoon over a land deal in Gampaha involving former Minister Basil Rajapaksa. The land concerned is believed to have been purchased in an irregular manner.

Willie Gamage

Willie Gamage

The Magistrate released both, Gamage and Dahanayake on a cash bail of Rs. 50,000 and a Rs. 4 million personal surety. This is the second such case this month where an arrest was made over a land deal. Early this month, Basil Rajapaksa was also arrested but later released on bail, over a land purchased in Matara which was allegedly carried out with some irregularities.

Dahanayake was the former chairman of the Sri Lanka Savings Bank, while Willie Gamage, functioned as both the Chairman of the Strategic Enterprise Management Agency and Secretary to the State Resources and Enterprise Development Ministry.
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  • 14

    Both are high ranking officials!But will go to any low level.If a minor employee has pilfered a ream of paper from the office to sell and buy his child a packet of milk powder there would have a hue and cry.Departmental inquiry,AR/FR citations etc.Law must be applicable to all,big or small!

  • 9

    So whats news?
    It is expected SL judiciary.
    Well done SL

  • 7

    And now the duo will go out there and live happily ever after on bail on their ill gained wealth.

  • 1

    who is this Dahanayake ? was he by any chance a AGA or GA in Ratnapura side and does his son own an IT company?

  • 9

    What about the other shady pair, Sunimal Fernando who ran the BMICH and wife Shanthi who ran the tsunami funds at RADA and his nephew Hans Wijesuriya whose Dialog made billions for the Malaysians during the Rajapakse regime?

  • 9

    Both will get new appointments under Wajira Abewardana’s ministry like Anusha Palpita (accused of 600 million misappropriation of public funds) got.

    Minister has plenty of reasons such as recent disaster and flood to recruit these crooks.

    All crooks under former regime will join the Yahapalanaya through Yahapalana Ministers like Wijedasa Rajapaksha, Wajira Abewardana.

  • 3

    Willie was the best friend of Mara family and behind their most of the corrupt deals. He was the architect of Mara’s notorious Tsunami project through which he stole over 80 million. Willie defended Mara on this through a Rupavahi interview.

    During Mara’s reign, he amassed a huge wealth including 17 luxury houses in Colombo, shares in Dubai Mariot hotels, real estates in Australia which are managed by his son.

    More investigations are needed to dig into this man’s corrupt deals and wealth amassed with Basil and Gota’s help.

  • 5

    This is the way we wash our face, on a cold and frosty morning….so why waste public funds by going round and round the mulberry bush….when we all knew that “BALE” was coming. Oh what a farce !

    The ordinary folk wii languish in jail for a parking offences, or will pay thumping fines because they did not oil palms, and are arrested by the cops who wait like “kakkas” to swoop on them, while the SHARKS who mutilate the Country evade not only the “Kakka Cops” but also the so called “BRAINS TRUST”. Is it cowardice or Jaundice ? Oh what a Land……. like no other !

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