20 September, 2020

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‘Interfering Sagala’ Talks About Independence Of Police In UN Anti-Corruption Day Statement

Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka acknowledged that the Government has a long way to go in ridding the country of corruption but argued that Prime MInister Ranil Wickremesinghe making a statement to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Central Bank Bond Scam indicated the Government’s commitment.

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Ratnayake was expressing these thoughts through a Facebook video posted this morning (December 9) on the occasion of the UN Anti-Corruption Day.

He bragged that the Government has done a lot of work in combatting bribery and corruption, pointing to the setting up of the FCID (Financial Crimes Investigation Division) and the establishment of an independent Police Commission under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

Interestingly, Ratnayake has come in for a lot of flak for inhibiting the course of justice including suspicious relations with a key suspect in a corruption case, Gamini Senarath, who was advisor to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Ratnayake was also named and shamed by President Maithripala Sirisena who told a delegation of senior UNP ministers that it was Ratnayake and no one else who was in the way of legal processes pertaining to the former Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Although Ratnayake said that the Police Department can now operate without political interference, IGP Pujith Jayasundara revealed a year ago to President Sirisena that Ratnayake had instructed him (Jayasundara) not to arrest a ‘Nilame,’ believed to be Dilshan Wickremeratne Gunasekera, the former Devinuwara Basnayake Nilame and a close relative of the Rajapaksa family who was also the Chairman, Mineral Sands Corporation.

The full text of the statement is as follows:

Corruption, in this day and age, is no longer considered a mere ‘economic’ or financial crime. It has greater implications -such as abuse of power, exploitation of the vulnerable and denying social justice. It is in this context that we have to identify corruption as a crime against society – or a crime against mankind.

Battling corruption was a top priority on the national unity government’s reforms agenda and we embarked on this process under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

A key milestone in the battle against corruption was the setting up of the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division which was entrusted with the task of probing into financial crimes in a fair and impartial manner.

Apart from the FCID, the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Serious Acts of Fraud and Corruption (PRECIFAC) was also set up under the government and this showed the government’s commitment to probe into bribery and corruption.

Alongside these new establishments, the 19th Amendment to the constitution was passed in Parliament which enabled the setting up of independent commission. Independent Commissions, as we all know, ensures a vibrant democracy and allows transparency in the country’s system of government – a major deterrent to corruption.

As the Law and Order Minister, I must state that the establishment of Police commission was a major boon to the Police service which suffered under the political jackboot for many years.

It allowed Police officers to act diligently and independently, without undue pressure from the political circles. It, needless to say, restored public faith in the Police service.

I am proud to say that the systems we have established, under our government, will go a long way in terms of battling bribery and corruption, in the years to come.

But, there are challenges that we need to overcome. I am aware that the patience of the public – especially the ones who have voted for the government against bribery and corruption – is wearing thin. They want to see the culprits convicted and they, understandably, demand justice without delay.

Our law enforcement bodies are working day in and day out, despite many a challenge, to achieve these results and fulfill the expectations of those who voted for a change on January 08, 2015.

It is important to understand that some of the major financial crimes under probe were meticulously planned and carefully executed. It requires a lot of time and hard work to trace evidence, analyse them and bring the perpetrators to book.

There are areas where our investigators lack expertise, and they have to seek the assistance of outside parties – sometimes foreign experts.

Also, there are areas where the investigators are hampered by lack of resources and human capital. We, as a government, continuously work with the law enforcement parties to address these issues and find sustainable solutions.

Amid all these issues, the Police have produced satisfactory results. As I’ve already stated in Parliament, the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division has so far received 370 cases of which 73 have been forwarded to other bodies for investigations.

The FCID has so far concluded 93 investigations and sent for the the Attorney General’s Department’s advice for legal action.

The Criminal Investigations Department has conducted 38 investigations – 24 on cases involving people and 14 on cases involving properties – of which 17 cases have been referred to the Attorney General’s Department for legal advice.

We are aware that the Attorney General’s Department too is facing issues on the human capital front. This is not a blame game and we all have to understand the challenges each party faces, and help find permanent solutions.

The government has also taken measures to recruit more states counsel to the Attorney General’s Department to expedite legal action.

To further facilitate this process, the United National Party’s Working Committee has already passed three separate resolutions for the expedition of action regarding cases involving bribery, corruption and financial crimes.

The party has also resolved that measures should be taken for the appointment of Trial at Bars at High Courts to hear such cases and the appointment of a special prosecution authority under the Attorney General.

In addition, the party has resolved that legal provisions should be made available enabling anyone to appeal to the Supreme Court directly against the rulings by the High Court. Currently, such appeals are made to the Court of Appeal.

When these new mechanisms are in place, we believe, prosecutions with regard to cases of bribery and corruption will move fast.

Our government’s commitment to this cause was clearly shown when Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made a voluntary statement to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Treasury Bonds issue.

It was the first time a Prime Minister of Sri Lanka offered to engage with an ongoing investigation. We have seen many instances where political power was used to clamp down investigators and block proceedings.

The idea of our government was too usher in a new political culture for Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister’s voluntary statement before the bond commission was a manifestation of the ‘change’ we intend to bring about.

What I have to say is that we have come a long way from where we were; and, we have a long way to go. We are determined to overcome the challenges and move fast on prosecution, while setting the right systems in place, so that there won’t be any room for bribery, corruption and financial misappropriation.

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    Before talking about the Police and anti-corruption, politicians, especially the Prime Minister and his Ministers should be role models to the society. Ranil and his UNP Ministers don’t have an ethical right to talk about anti-corruption.

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      Both FCID and PRECIFAC are politically motivated. They were established purely to suppress and intimidate political opponents. If the FCID is independent and genuine, they should have arrested the Prime Minister first, file a case against him, imprison him denying bail until their investigations are completed which is their adopted procedure with regard to others such as, war heroes, politicians, Buddhist monks. At least they didn’t even arrest Aloysius or Mahendran. Double standards and doubt talk. Anti-corruption should begin at home!

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        Champa

        They did not arrest Gnansara thug in saffron cloths

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          Shrikharan
          Which bank did he rob? Surely not the Central Bank.

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            Champa, you need to rob a bank to be a criminal? So which bank did Prabakaran rob?

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              I dont agree that banks need to be robbed to be a criminal.

              However Prabhakaran robbed so many banks. Virtually ALL state banks in the North and some in the East. Looks like some people have forgotten Prabhas past.

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              Shrikharan
              .
              Prabhakaran robbed Nirveli Bank in Jaffna. He, Kuttumany and two others robbed Rs 8.1 million.
              He organized the bank robbery in Kopai in 1974.
              Then he robbed People’s Bank in Puttur in 1976.
              He bombed and destroyed the Central Bank in Colombo in 1996.
              Bank robberies were LTTE’s initial funding method and by 1979 they accumulated Rs. 5 million only through bank robberies.
              Until his death, he robbed money from the wallets of Tamil civilians and businessmen here and abroad by way of ransom and extortion.
              I can say more if you want.

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                LTTE accumulated Rs. 5 million between 1976 and 1979.
                Ok, Shrikaran, let us get back to the initial comment. I asked about robbing banks as I was referring to inaction of FCID and its double standard with regard to Central Bank robbery aka Bond scam.
                Why should anybody arrest Gnanasara Thero? What did he do?

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              Prabakaran was a war criminal just like the Rajapaksas…

    • 5
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      Sagala Ratnayaka,

      Every day is a corruption Day, in the Land of Native Vedda Aethho, illegally occupued by the Paras.

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      Hello

      Someone explain why the JO is asking for more security personnel for their most loved ….leader Of Srilanka the Medamulana Chandya ??
      180 plus security men not enough ! does he need more on state expenses??
      Why this Sinhala Buddhist Racist cum Srilanka Patriot still insists on more security?
      Mahanayakes and the Buddhist Racists Brigade are there to protect him is that so??
      SO TOO ARE THERE THE FREE BATH (PARCELS ) EATERS AND THE FREE ARRACK DRINKERS BRIGADE TO PROTECT HIM.
      OH GOD ! Is he terrified to venture out nowadays?? He’s only an MP ! Right??
      He and his suckers insists on draining state funds and the GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT GIVE INTO THESE STATE BULLIES.

  • 9
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    These are the traitors who should be whipped in public before talking of law and order situation of our country.

    This is further compounded by the apple polishing of High Ranking Officials of the Government and AG’s Dept. too. If Pujith had the bone to say in front of the Microphone, Sorry Sir, I cannot interfere in the process of carrying out the orders as enshrined in the law books and closed the phone on Sagala’s face on that day, the IGP would have been held in high esteem and regarded by the Public.

    Sadly our Politicians and also the enforcing officers are corrupt to the core, what’s more nowadays even MY3 is going behind Murderers and Gangsters for his survival at the expense of the country.

    Where do we go from here ? What a pathetic state of affairs of our Serendipity becoming among the worst 4 countries plagued by corruption. Aiyo Sirisena and Mr.Clean, where the heck are you both.

    Shame, Shame, Puppy Shame.

  • 5
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    as with his boss talk only no action

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    All those who vote for these bu.. sh…..ers at elections are suckers.

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    Funny situation!IGP Pujitha publicly says the Police has failed in maintaining law and order.Minister of Law and Order publicly says Police has failed in maintaining law and order.For heavens sake then who is responsible for law and order?Who should be punished for this situation?

    Its a hilarious situation that has arisen in this blame game..Either the Minister should go or the IGP should go,or ideally both should go.

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    When a person has NO SHAME or FEAR, he/she can SAY and DO whatever considered SAVOURY . So no SURPRISE to read the contents of this statement. The biggest idiotic display in this statement is to say the very hypocrisies present in him (very much known to public too) to the International Community on the UN Anti Corruption Day. Look at what he says: ” Abuse of power, exploitation of the vulnerable and denying social justice……identifying corruption as a crime against society or a crime against mankind…..”. When considering the past behavior and of his activities as the Minister of Law & Order, who else you would consider to be the biggest violator who had committed crimes against society other than this very Minister? He talks, among many other matters, as a greatest show of Law & Order of the appearance of the PM before the Presidential Commission, little realizing and knowing that if this “Bond Scam” happened in any other country that Law & Order is maintained in its true sense, he (the PM) would have been the FIRST to be hauled before a Court and most certainly languishing in a Jail Cell. Let me also remind him of that POSTER : “BAYANATHI AGAMATHI” (Fearless Prime Minister) Isn’t it better for these JOKERS to keep silent specially on a day like “UN Anti Corruption Day” without further tarnishing the image of this country.

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    If the Police is independent why Sagala is calling the IGP to save accused? Why is he making sure that Rajapakse family is protected? He is a liar and cannot be trusted.

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    UNP is bankrupt and Yahapalana is long dead, the carcass is keep talking. why Bond scam leader Ranil and cohorts are not yet arrested.

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    Dear Sagala,

    As a contemporary during my first degree , and the engagements I had with you during then, Some of my observations are as follows:

    1. You are still to grow up from your University days of being a laggard, and an introvert

    2. You may be travelling with the Prime Minister of the Country ( you know what I mean) ,yet you cannot hide yourself from being yourself.

    3. Sagala, mate! whatever portfolio you may hold, please be aware of your capabilities and your limitations. Else the future will take revenge of your present actions!

    Cheers n regards,

    Dharshana W, Ph.D.

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    Looters, rowdies and thieves in the uniform of Police.

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    If the story that Sagala Rathnayake was hiding Gamini Senarath comes out, if the story that Sagala Rathnayake had talked to ruwan wijewardane (deputy minister police services ?) and Sagala Rathnayake knew during the night Ruwan Wijewardane would instruct police to withdraw STF from ginthota allowing a fire to be set up there, but, he did not release a press release until the next morning saying that everything is under control, even though he did not want to talk to the press, remember, his house keeper told that “Hamu mahaththaya is sleeping”. this talk is against exactly what he did

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    Politicians, in Sri Lanka, are known to talk and preach a lot. In fact, they are quite a good lot of actors. We, the people, are a set of fools who fall for them. Lets face the real issue. The element of corruption has gone so high in Sri Lanka that almost nothing is clean. Any joker can sport an anti-corruption placard, to placate people, to find it is a canard. The rate that this Government is moving only provides fertile grounds for the young to ditch democracy. They would look for a “benevolent” dictator to lead the country and that again would prove to be a very costly mistake because the general attitude of any crafty Sri Lankan is “Make hay while the Sun shines”.

  • 0
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    Was the suit ordered to match the specs or the specs to match the suit?
    Both gaudy blue!

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    Sri Lanka is one of the 4 countries (see below) being accused of corruption by the World Bank & its Global Forum at its recent gathering in Washington, when no Minister was present from Sri Lanka!

    14 institutions relating to corruption in Sri Lanka: FCID ,CIAOBC, CID , Presidential Task Force, The Auditor General, CIAB, Financial Intelligence Unit, Anti-Narcotics Department, TID, SIS, CCD. COPE,. All of them investigate.

    The World Bank estimates that the world is robbed of $20 billion annually due to corruption and currently the 4 under Investigations are Nigeria, Tunisia, Ukraine & Sri Lanka – read:
    http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=176301

    The following 93 allegations too should be kept posted often in the media to remind all citizens how serious corruption in Sri Lanka…… (deleted by commentator)

    My list of 93 cases of alleged corruption cannot be published in CT due to its size (more than 300 words)!
    as decreed by CT – not evev in form of 2 or 3 parts, as I tried to earlier.

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    Sagala and Talatha Athukorale should resign or the Back Bench UNPers should force them to resign. This weekend news clearly states while a case filed re: Gower Building is ongoing Namal is selling his Gower building. If there is a case pending why didn’t Sagala and Thalatha did not take action to block the sale. Once its sold and Namal gets his money no one can trace it incase the Courts order against them. Is this the new Big Deal Game played by the Yahapalana Govt to allow rogues get away. May be this is part of the SLFP-JO/POHOTUWA joining Mega Deal!

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    I do not wish to talk about these politicians. They are corrupt ,hypocritical and have brought this country to its deaths door. The only place they must be sent is to hell to rot

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    Minister John Amaratunga made a very important statement at a UNP rally in Ja-Ela demonstrating the core principles of yahapalana which are in plain sight to everyone but many including CT choose to ignore.

    The minister said ” The government and the police are ours this time. No one should (read UNP supporters) be afraid. We will deal with anyone (how?)”.

    This is perfectly in line with Sirisena’s approach at the last general election where he used his arrogated powers to dismiss SLFP and UPFA general secretaries just before the election to totally confuse the UPFA support base thereby paving the way for UNP to gain majority seats and ensuring the defeat of the political base he was supposed to lead. That must be the example minister Amaratunga referring to when he says the government (including Sirisena faction) is “ours”.

    Thought of highlighting this since CT seems to ignore the magnitude of the minister’s statement especially his reference to the police.

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    vas

    “They are corrupt ,hypocritical and have brought this country to its deaths door.”

    1. How did they grab power
    2. How do they get elected repeatedly?
    3. Are they from outer space a gallaxy far far away from this island?
    4. Don’t these politicians use their own branding, policies, ………. strategy to succeed in competitive racism?
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