26 October, 2020

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Johnston Fernando Remanded- Basil Further Remanded

Former minister Minister of Co-operatives & Internal Trade and UPFA MP Johnston Fernando was arrested today by the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) on charges of financial misappropriation at Sathosa. He allegedly acquired more than Rs. 5million worth goods from ‘Sathosa’, without making any payments, police said.

JohnstonJohnston was remanded till tomorrow by the Colombo Fort Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya.

Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, former Secretary Nihal Jayatilake and former Divineguma fund Director General R.R.K. Ranawaka were further remanded till May 7 by the Kaduwela Magistrate. They were accused of committing fraud under the ‘Divi neguma’ fund.

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    The arrest of Johnston Fernando, is only a starter, and I believe, other courses including the main course would follow soon. Of course, he will have all rights to defend himself, if innocent but must be prepared to pay the price for all wrong doing when proved in court.

    However, as he pretends to be a good Roman Catholic, he can go for a massive confession with RC priest which he can follow at the courts.

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      Johnson Fernando Just the tip of the Rajapaksa Corruption iceberg.

      [Edited out]

    • 15
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      JOHNSTON IS ONLY THE SPRAT CATCH THE SHARK!

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      Picture worth thousand words.As no other to high criminals, even if they are handcuffed by Police, the provocative mimics cant stop. This man Jonsten Fernando is among the most disgusting ones in the bunch.
      These men should be hung by their balls so that others lernt a less at least then.

  • 16
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    Johnston Fernando

    “Former minister Minister of Co-operatives & Internal Trade and UPFA MP Johnston Fernando was arrested today by the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) on Johnston Fernandocharges of financial misappropriation at Sathosa. He allegedly acquired goods from ‘Sathosa’, without making any payments, police said.”

    Interesting.

    Did the Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Family instruct you to do that? Did you go shopping for them? Just curious.

    [Edited out]

  • 24
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    I have the feeling that the bribery committee and other relevant witnesses are slowly becoming more confident. Great news!

    And the pile corruption issues is hardly touched. In other words, years of arrests to come – at all levels of this society.

    For example, Basil is only arrested on relative “minor” issues – with mountains of evidence still to come.

    If I was one of the Rajapaksa’s, I would start looking around for another country to live in.

  • 16
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    ATTENTION BRIBERY COMMISSION,
    Why is Wimal Booruwansa still outside? CAnt you prove that he robbed the SEC? HE hired his henchman more than 100 after he was nominated as the minites of SEC? Robbed left and right.

  • 12
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    These idiots as so called ministers have completely stolen public money and properties.

    They all must be incarcerated for their life time.

    This Gonston is the PERSON who gave evidence against OUR WAR HERO FIELD MARSHAL Sarath Fonseka according to No, ONE criminal Gota.

    Now Gonston MUST taste the outcome of false speech and steeling.

  • 3
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    Oh dear,
    if u arrest these thugs and criminals….who is going to rule Sinhala Buddhist….they will go mad… if they go mad….where we Tamils can go….we have no one to defend us….Oh Praba where r u?

    • 4
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      Why should you be afraid? There is UNP and they’re only the party in Sri Lanka who strongly opposed racism, ultra-nationalist and vandalisation of other communities.

      Long as UNP is in power, you do not need to fear!

  • 6
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    As a good Catholic, he should make a confession to his priest and the people he robbed from.

    Or, as a Catholic doesn’t he have a free ticket to go to heaven?

    • 6
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      As a good catholic he said “give to God what belongs to god and to him what is left”. God din’t need earthly possessions so him being a generous guy took what ever he could and shared among family an friends. :)

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        This guy is only a good Friday Christian, I see him with his bunch of thugs at infant Jesus.

  • 13
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    This is the man who betrayed Gen Fonseka to save his own neck , he had been accused of plotting to assassinate MR while he was in UNP , when he got caught , he traded it off with Gen SF’s life . Johnston is one of few who benefited immensely under the Mafia rule , this guy is responsible for many many crimes , SATOSA 5 Million is nothing , that is just the tip of the ice burg.

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      These guys are not even suitable to sweep the streets if a good leader was on the position. All because MR thought that he has to allow all criminals to get ground leading his UPFA a success, everything backfired. This could stay not longer witht he same folks, today, masses become aware of the gravity of abuses had been carried out by MR in the name of Development projects.

      Why should Basil stay that longer in custody than any others got arrested sofar ?
      If he is clean as God father go on saying WHY should Basil stay inside ? For stammered reasons ? MR s efforts in making the people fools further is ended up in vain. That is what I feel.

  • 4
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    All the CROOKS, irrespective of what and who they are, should be behind bars before the next General Election for what they have done to our Mother Lanka. When this is done, there will be no one left to request the return of the former corrupt Regime, or to contest as the Prime minister. God save the rediscovered Democratic Sri Lanka.

  • 3
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    just look at the fellow who is beaming when arrested,next thing is he will be in prison hospital saying he is sick hahaahahaha unless of course Vellala lover K A Sumanasekera can post him bail

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      Peace Lover – Not only was he beaming and acting like some hero, did you check out the mob that was obviously bussed in to create an effect? Another one of the Rajapakse/Booruwansa ploys to create an impression for the benefit of the gullible.

      What a farce!

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      P Lover,

      Now that Ranil and Mangalan both are giving it to you ,you must be the one who should be grinning with the happy ending .

      Poor Sinhala Johnny from the Bible Belt is on Bread and Water for buying Umbalakada for the poor in his Diocese.

      In contrast Singapore Mahendran is on Chicken and Champaign 24/7,

  • 6
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    Just another admission to a prison hospital – or, if his clout is big,
    to the Merchant Ward – where he will have the good company of Basil.

    Sri Lanka is the only country where medical doctors flout the Hippocratic Oath to certify totally healthy persons as totally sick.
    The common man has no such privilege.

    • 5
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      Take the licences from those doctors with questionable ethics away.

      These doctors should not be practising medicine.

      They are openly violating the trust patients have in them.

  • 6
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    Cardinal Malcom Ranjith a supporter of MR should come forward and get Roman Catholic Gonston released.

  • 8
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    The sheer ARROGANCE of this man, and others like him shames me! We all know, as he knows that he and his buddies have all cleared funds they are not entitled to. But they PRETEND to be victorious!! Utter disgrace. I wish the new Constitution will enshrine that only educated men and women with good record can hold office in future.

    Mr. Johnston, there WILL be a Day of reckoning for you and all like you. On that day, you will truly hang your head in shame.

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      These 3rd grade politicians have no shame at all , they will pretend as if nothing has happened when they come out ,Johnston became one of most trusted confidants of MR thus he turned out to be most arrogant minister in MR’s cabinet . during couple of political debates on TV , he almost physically assaulted Ranjan R and Sujeewa S .

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      Don’t worry. This is dutch courage. Nervous laugh, and not laugh for fun.Government must start first by confiscating his properties and all ill gotten gains. That will certainly wipe the grin off his face.

  • 11
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    Looks handsome in handcuffs. Will look better in chains.

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    I am surprised that this kind of street dogs are being elected to the Parliament. How dumb the people who voted him. And how corrupted the President who gave a ministrial portfolio to this dog. Totally shameful to born and living in SL. Previous Mahinda goverment was a total failure to SL and it pulled the country back 20 years economically. Defeating LTTE also a big disaster to SL diplomatically during MR time.

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      Dailymirror

      “How dumb the people who voted him.”

      Dayan’s “smart Ass Patriotic” Sinhala/Buddhists voted for him and others.

  • 6
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    There is a news CSN got the right to telecast Cricket Matches from 2015-2018. They won the bid with 170 million Rs while Rupavahini could bid only 110 million Rs. If the current my3 gov. doesnt redeem all robbed fund from Mahinda and Namal this kind of shits will continue even under yahapalanaya.

  • 9
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    Isn’t Johnston the guy who made millions by mandating Plastic Crates for transportation of all farm produce, ending up fining a poor villager Rs 800.00 for trnasporting two pineapples in a bag!

    He mandated plastic crates only because he bought a whole heap of plastic crates from the West at liquidation price and was able to then force the poor villagers to buy them at premum price, and so made a killing in the typical strategy of MR/Basil/Gota administration.

    Johnston covered up the fact that the West, particularly Europe, was moving away from using plastics for the horrible ecological and enviorenmental havoc it was causing worldwide!

    Hope Johnny boy gets put into a plastic crate rather than a regular prison.

  • 4
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    Why is Jonston Fernando smiling?

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      can’t you see it is a idiot smile.Those w/o o’levels have this kind of smile.There are also other types of smiles such as close lip smile,tight lipped smile,twisted smile,forced smile(women use this when they meet someone they don’t like which is often),genuine smile etc.

  • 7
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    This is the rancid Judas that betrayed and gave false evidence against General Fonseka to get himself a ministry in the deposed MoRon regime. Hope the basket will rot in jail.

  • 3
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    See how happy he looks. This graduated him to be the PM.

  • 4
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    What about his ethanol business and the unpaid taxes. It seems to be that these charges are the easy and obvious ones like the low hanging fruit in a tree. Even then the culprit is allowed to go to hospital. There should be an appeal for evidence and a protection program for the ones who come forward. There should be fast track special courts set-up to try these cases and put these scoundrels permanently in jail. What has been done so far is scratching at the surface. While this scratching is going on every effort is being made to undermine this government and still they carry on dragging their feet and coddling up to the crooks. It has been reported elsewhere that the two big shots (MR & GR)were kidnapping businessmen and extorting money from them at temple trees. There are allegations of murder where the ransoms were not paid. These are CRIMINAL OFFENCES. Most of the evidence for the heavy charges are with the intelligence units operated by GR these operatives must be arrested and offered immunity for their testimony as to who gave them orders to carry out these vile acts. It seems that the current government wishes to act like the three monkeys out of fear for what they will uncover if they really pushed hard.

  • 4
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    This is the lowest of the low lives of the previous regime . He is allegedly a multi billionaire , and he is laughing at us, the general public because he knows this case is a non starter , and he might even get off with a warning .

  • 5
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    These fellows think it’s all a big joke. Bang them up for a few years and wipe that damn smile off their faces!!

  • 0
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    hasn’t he gone to the hospital.Why the delay.Where’s the prison Dr?

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      Shankar

      Who will get remanded with this much of joy ? Look at his
      face,even the voters can only now see his full set of
      teeth!What a hypocrite !Who in this planet can even
      imagine to rot in hell for a second ? One can understand
      how the choice of MARA’s patriots had been on public
      platforms doing their best performances.

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