Colombo Telegraph

Criminal Complaint Against James Packer

The UNP today filed a police complaint against Australian casino king James Packer who arrived in Sri Lanka today.

UNP MP Harsha De Silva together with colleagues Ruwan Wijewardane and Ajith Perera filed the complaint at police headquarters in Colombo alleging that Packer was in Sri Lanka to promote a casino project in the country when casinos were illegal.

“He is said to be plotting with some local businessmen to establish a large scale casino in Colombo,” de Silva told reporters in Colombo after he made the complaint.

The UNP MP said that they told the police that they appreciated that the law was implemented with regard to a small time casino at Town Hall recently. “But the law must apply with the same force on the big time casinos operating in Colombo as well,” De Silva explained.

Packer is in Colombo to address the Commonwealth Business Forum and to hold discussions with the Government and other stakeholders to get his joint venture project to build a mega resort with gaming facilities on the Beira Lake. Packer’s Crown Sri Lanka project has been granted unprecedented tax breaks by the Rajapaksa Government.

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