In a bizarre day at the Commission the Attorney General’s Department shockingly fell silent today refusing to examine Ministers Malik Samarawickrema and Kabir Hashim, instead putting on a defiant “we don’t give a damn” attitude at the Commission today.
The team led by ASG Dappula De Livera which had brought the proceedings to a near climax by necessarily implicating Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Arjuna Mahendran, refused to examine the two minister and instead stared defiantly at the Commissioners and the witnesses during todays proceedings.
Hashim and Samarawickrema instead had a free walk attesting to a purported meeting held in February 2015 attended by Ravi Karunanayake and Mahendran at which they had supposedly discussed the urgent requirement for funding for the highways.
The Attorney General heavily disputed the fact that such a meeting was held previously. They brought in evidence to show that there was no such funding requirement and only Karunanayake and Mahendran were aware of such a requirement.
The Attorney General also disputed the undated letter given by Karunanayake to Mahendran referring to the meeting in which such a requirement was discussed.
The AG lambasted Ravi Karunanayake and called him a “liar” and said that the letter was given after the Commission proceedings commenced in order to cover the tracks of robbery.
They pointed out how unlikely it was for a Minister to give an official letter without a date or a reference number.
Hashim and Samarawickrema ended up being questioned for ten minutes each by the Commissioners and true to the script the duo insisted that the meeting was in fact held and that there was in fact a funding requirement, both of which was clearly disproved earlier by the Attorney General.
It is unclear as to the reason why they sat defiantly but observers insisted that it looked like the team was instructed to do something they didn’t want to and they had no option but to comply. So they put on a big “fuck you” face.
Steve Samuels, the Personal Assistant of Arjun Aloysius also feigned a “chest pain” and did not attend the Commission to testify.
The usually vociferous AG meekly listened to the “chest pain” excuse and did not object to it or call the excuse into question.
The Attorney General during the proceedings led witness after witness and cross examined them vociferously emanating sordid scandals including insider trading, bribes through commissions granted, the apartment scandal, the placing of key individuals in treasury departments of state banks and the EPF setting the stage for the scam, the fact that there was no urgent requirement at all for the auction, witnesses being bribed or intimidated to give false evidence and the fabrication of evidence among other facets of the scam.
The team today, remained mum throughout.