26 June, 2022


FCID Arrests Two Rajapaksa Loyalists Over Basil’s Land Deal

Two Rajapaksa loyalists, Willie Gamage and Ariyathilaka Dasanayake were arrested today by the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID), in connection to a land deal involving former Minister Basil Rajapaksa.

Willie Gamage and Basil

Willie Gamage and Basil

Gamage functioned as the Chairman of the Strategic Enterprise Management Agency during President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s term. Both Gamage and Dasanayaka had held senior positions at the ‘Rajapaksa Education and Cultural Centre.’

They were ordered to appear before the FCID to give a statement on a property deal, and were subsequently arrested by the Division soon after recording the statement, today. They are expected to be produced before the Gampaha Magistrate.

Colombo Telegraph will update more information on this shortly.

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  • 5

    There is another land deal by Basil that is under investigation. That land has been bought in the name of Thiru Nadesan, the husband of Ms.Nirupama Rajapakse, a nice of ex President Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse. This land is in Malwana in extent of 16 acres and a “palace” has been built there. At the present moment Mr. Nadesan is questioned over the matter and outcome is awaited. This Nadesan is the man who accompanied our Present Prime Minister, the then Leader of the Opposition to the Temple Trees in the early morning hours of January 9th 2015. Let us watch this case closely.

  • 2

    This Willie Gamage along with Lalith Weeratunga were heavily involved in the Helping Hambabtota episode of 2004. A boxed section in Lanka
    Standard reads:
    “……….bringing about sustained development in the area. To facilitate, support and synergise the rehabilitation plans for the district, and to coordinate with relevant state agencies in order to expedite relief and development work.” What may well distress bona fide donors is also this. The site names as its many grandiose rebuilding projects, the following: Andaragasyaya Housing Project, ASPIC Village Housing Project, Cine Oska Village Housing Project, Haritha Housing Project, Helping House Housing Project, Kelani Temple Houses Housing Project, Kirindagama Housing Project, Obesekaralabima Walloya Housing Project, Porondugama Red Cross Housing Project, Samadigama Housing Project, Siribopura Housing project, Temp. Houses Kirindagama Housing Project and Tissapura Housing Project. Each is accompanied by pictures of houses under construction. However, Weeratunga told The Sunday Leader that none of the ‘Helping Hambantota’ funds had been used and that donors and aid agencies were building houses and therefore the ‘Helping Hambantota’ project was keeping the money for possible infrastructure development at a later date. This brings the credibility of this website into serious doubt. If the website is already claiming to have completed so many projects and even shows pictures of these ongoing projects, the Prime Minister’s office may be guilty of duping donors into sending money into an account that does not do anything. However, the website very passionately calls for donors to ‘Help Hambantota NOW.’ The site invites donors to feel free to write immediately and gives the following details. Programme name: Hambantota Tsunami Disaster Relief and Development Programme; Address: Prime Minister’s office, Temple Trees, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka; Telephone: +94 11 2 32 14 06; Fax: +94 11 2 2 54 29 18; E-mail: info@helphambantota.org, and gives the account details for money transfer as ‘Helping Hambantota’ A/C No.01-1237322-01; Bank: Standard Charted Bank, Sri Lanka; Branch: Rajagiriya; Swift Code: SCBLLKLX. It also states that online donation facilities via Visa or Master would be available soon.* * *Gamage gives PM a helping handSenior Advisor to the Prime Minister and Desk Officer for ‘Helping Hambantota.’ Willie Gamage told The Sunday Leader that ‘Helping Hambantota’ was a temporary programme to handle tsunami relief and was a fund management programme. On asked whether it has been registered Gamage replied in the negative………………….”

  • 1

    punchinilame and Douglas are superb opening pair on the CT.Encore!

    Perhaps,Basil wanted to grow Malwana Ramputtans in his retirement.The palace that he had built would be then remembered in posterity as the Malwana Waluwa like the Horagolla Waluwa!

  • 3

    Ranil no hanky pankey in this case . It is cut and dry . No deals please

  • 4

    So far only just show.

    Not a single of the robber barons has been jailed. I can assure you, nor will they be. Some small fry may go to jail.

    It is just show only.

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