UPFA Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa, recently arrested for using an invalid passport to go abroad today rejected claims that he was bound for Dubai as an emissary of former President Rajapaksa to intervene in an ongoing investigation on bank accounts allegedly maintained by Rajapaksa siblings.
Weerawansa replying to accusations blamed his former colleagues at the JVP for the story doing rounds in the media.
A website run by the JVP today alleged that Weerawansa who was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo while on his way to Europe Via Dubai was an emissary of the Rajapaksa’s, authorised to deal with officials in UAE to cover up an investigation conducted on accounts owned by Rajapaksa siblings with deposits amounting to more than US $500 million.
Weerawansa while accusing the JVP hierarchy for the news noted that it was not he who was in the government’s payroll but the JVP leader who is said to have received perks, positions and money amounting to millions from the present “Yahapalana” government in exchange of his allegiance.
On his arrest at the BIA, Weerawansa said that it was another attempt to politically assassinate him as he was a threat to the current government which is treading an anti-democratic and anti-Sri Lankan path in order to appease its US, UK led Western allies.
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Police on Friday arrested Weerawansa at the BIA for using a false passport. He was later released on bail.
Weerawansa said that he was on his way to Europe on the invitation of Sri Lankan’s domiciled in several EU countries.
Weerwansa said that he was slated to speak in at least 10 forums on the recent UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka and the threat it posed to the security forces and sovereignty of the country.
The CID arrested MP Weerawansa when he was going to leave the country with an invalid passport and produced before the court after recoding a statement.
The MP at the time claimed that he obtained a new passport but according to the police media unit, Weerawansa has obtained the new passport providing false information.
Weerawansa has produced the invalid passport to the airport officials. He was to board a fight to Rome to visit Europe for a lecture series.
The government in recent times has openly said that the Rajapaksa sons owned bank accounts in Dubai with deposits over US $500 million.
Sunday Times newspaper recently reported that a case filed by lawyers on behalf of the government in UAE courts urging to freeze an account allegedly maintained by a young Sri Lankan parliamentarian had been turned down.