24 October, 2020

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Mount Lavinia Land Case: Yoshitha Granted Bail

Yoshitha Rajapaksa was granted bail by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate today, over a land issue at Mihindu Mawatha, Mount Lavinia.

Yoshitha Rajapaksa

Yoshitha Rajapaksa

The Magistrate released him on three personal bails of Rs. 1 million each.

In May, Mount Lavinia Magistrate Mohammed Sahabdeen ordered Yoshitha to appear before court over a land he had purchased in Mihindu Mawatha, for the sum of Rs. Rs.50 million, subsequent to an investigation carried out by the FCID. However, Yoshitha claimed that the land had been gifted to him by his grandmother, while the FCID indicted him on grounds that he had purchased the land.

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    Was this transaction between grandmother and grandson a DEED OF GIFT or was it a deed of transfer, LAST WILL – ( if so is the grandmother deceased, and the legal issues sorted out) etc etc.

    The above are very simple issues and if so why has the CID or other relevant offices filed action in the Magistrate’s court?

    It cannot be simple issues, if not it would not end up in court. How did the Rs.50 million crop up, THAT IS THE ISSUE.

    • 22
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      We can t bear this anymore, we only hear about being granted bail to any crimes from murders to any other high profile ones. This they hav ebeen joking I have to assume…. no acceptable verdicts yet we could hear since the new regime is appointed. However, they may do so, not to punish them Rajapakshes sending them all to jail sessions…if Rev. Sobitha thero would have been here toda,y he would fall down not being able to see it the way they handle all these … all have reached to beyond bearing. hope not the curse counrty will face it a s acurse

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        Wild baffalloe failed as a father, leader and a party sympathisers. So those stupid calves were not nurtured well from the day one. Today, even the bugger former president could ask their sons to respect law and order but to do other way around leaving them no example to turn to normal is beyond all ethics and morals. This man Rajaakshe should be prisoned for the rest of his life.

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        Following the money laundering charges filed against Yoshitha Rajapaksa over his alleged involvement in Carlton Sports Network (CSN) investment, the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) has commenced two fresh probes into the ownership of two palatial houses in Dehiwala worth over several hundreds of millions of rupees and the Carlton Sports Network (CSN) building in Battaramulla worth around Rs. 200 million.
        The property at 173/2, Mihindu Mawatha, Dehiwala is said to be 66 perches in extent out of which 38 perches are owned by Yoshith Rajapaksa and 28 perches by Daisy Forest of 210/12, Torrington Avenue, Colombo 05.
        It is alleged that Daisy Forest is an aunt of Shiranthi Rajapaksa and the Torrington Avenue, Colombo 5 property in which she resides is owned by the former First Lady. Although the Rajapaksas have claimed that CSN is not owned by Yoshitha or has any connection to the Rajapaksa family, not only CSN but also Carlton Pre-School, Carlton Sports Club, Tharunyata Hetak and even the controversial non-governmental organisation Siriliya, which too is under investigation by the FCID for financial fraud, are registered under the Torrington Avenue Colombo 5 address.
        This property in Colombo 5 was originally owned by Prabath Nanayakkara. After Mahinda Rajapaksa became President in 2005, this property had been bought over by Mary Laud Wickremasinghe alias Shiranthi Rajapaksa bearing National Identity Card No: 535233314V on April 5, 2013 for Rs. 35 million.
        According to a reliable FCID informant, the FCID officials together with government valuers from the Valuation Department had inspected the CSN building at Denzil Kobbekaduwa Mawatha, Battaramulla early this month which is said to be worth over Rs. 200 million.
        In regard to the two houses in Dehiwala, which are alleged to be owned by the Rajapaksas, the FCID had obtained a search warrant from the Mt. Lavania Magistrate (Warrant No. 828/16) and had conducted a search a few weeks ago.
        “The two-storeyed house at Mihindu Mawatha is still under construction and carries a name board ‘Madam Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa’. It is said that the 60 perches had cost the Rajapaksas Rs. 49.02 million while another five perch land belonging to the Dehiwala-Mt. Lavinia Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society had been sold to the Rajapaksas for Rs. 4.5 million,” sources said.
        When this newspaper contacted the Dehiwala-Mt. Lavinia Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society at Nugegoda to find out how much they had received from the Rajapaksas for the five perch land, the lady officer who answered the call said that she could not make any comment but to call one hour later to speak to their General Manager from whom all these details could be obtained.
        “Madam has gone out and will be back in one hour’s time. She will be able to furnish all the details you want,” she said. However all attempts thereafter to contact the General Manager were futile as no one answered the call.
        According to sources, an underground apartment similar to the underground bunker at the Presidents House in Fort, which was also built for the Rajapaksa offspring, had been built at the four-storeyed house believed to be used as an armoury.
        “The government valuers are yet to conduct a valuation of these two buildings but it appears that both houses are worth not less than Rs. 1,000 million as they are equipped with all the luxurious facilities and comforts,” sources claimed.
        Meanwhile, questions have been raised as to how Yoshitha Rajapaksa who is a public servant that draws a government salary could accumulate such a large wealth unless he has won a huge jackpot.
        “The FCID will investigate how a Navy Lieutenant could spend such an amount of money to purchase a land and to build luxurious palaces worth several millions of rupees. Our records do not show that Rajapaksa had ever won a jackpot, nor any other fortune. If so he has to inherit an enormous wealth from his parents. That too is ruled out as both Mahinda and Shiranthi Rajapaksa were not so rich when the former entered politics in the early 1970s. The FCID can check their wealth at the time Mahinda Rajapaksa entered politics and their wealth now to ascertain the difference,” sources claimed.
        Meanwhile it is learnt that these houses were built for Yoshitha Rajapaksa to live after his marriage to a former girlfriend. “They were to be married but for some reasons it did not take place. It is up to the FCID to question this particular friend and they would be able to get more details about this property and how the Rajapaksas bought it,” sources added.
        Further, the FCID is to investigate who funded the CSN building at Battaramulla which was given by the Urban Development Board (UDB) on a lease to the D. A. Rajapaksa Foundation.
        “FCID, after an investigation on the controversial CSN under the Money Laundering Act, has unearthed how the D. A. Rajapaksa Foundation has breached the agreement reached with the UDA when obtaining the state-owned land, where the CSN building is now situated. Although this land had been given on condition, that it should not be used for any purpose other than for the D. A. Rajapaksa Foundation, the building in question had been constructed to house the CSN TV network in 2010, and it is alleged that after the fall of the Rajapaksa regime on January 8, a lease agreement has been signed by the Rajapaksa Foundation with CSN hurriedly, to show that this land had been taken over legally from the Foundation. Although the government valuers have valued this building at Rs. 200 million, they are yet to submit the accounts as to how they obtained the money. Chief Executive Officer of the Rajapaksa Foundation, Upul Dissanayake, had said that the money had been given by W. Karunajeewa, the former Chairman, People’s Bank whose daughter-in-law was one of the Directors at CSN.”
        According to the sources, in the event the Rajapaksa offspring fails to explain how he amassed wealth which runs into several hundreds of millions of rupees to purchase the Dehiwala land at Mihindu Mawatha and to build the two palatial luxury houses, and also to construct the CSN office building at Denzil Kobbekaduwa Mawatha, Battaramulla, the FCID is once again planning to charge him under the Money Laundering Act which he was earlier charged under and placed under arrest for more than one month for his failure to reveal who invested in CSN.

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      Yep…if a deed of gift there is no reason to value it for 50 million..its not rocket science to Check the pedigree of the land through the land registry…SEE if EVERYTHING is in order…and also whether 50 million was paid to the said GRAND MOTHER……n how Yo Shit A got all that money being a minor naval rating…

      Enough games ..arrest the bugger. Throw him in jail…to be followed by siblings dad mom n uncles…

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        If the court further allows them to be free through bailing out, those bails should be focused to grab their funds (unfair funds collected by unfair means) and be nationalized for the benefit of people of this country.
        CSN sender and its particulars should be made clear ot the nation, Who are the owner ?
        How many billons were earned by them ?
        Where have those millions or billions gone to this day ?
        All these would not need 18 or more months to gather the information. It is a open lie that the courts and invesitgations cant make those large scale money grabers to jail sessions.

    • 12
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      If I were one of FCID or any other powerufl bodies there down, I would go against bailing out to these guys. At least 5 year imprisonment should be impsosed against these men. Then only, the rest youth or other authorities would learn it. FCID or other newly form bodies have not done anything in terms of the rigorous law enforcement. We need the law and order to be placed ot the manner Germans, Si porians, and others do, Then only they would finally be put on the right track. Rigorous laws and actions are the need of the hour. Basta

  • 20
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    /Yoshitha claimed that the land had been gifted to him by his grandmother, /

    Come on – accelerate the process. The old lady is old, and we don’t want to be told the she passed away.

    (Sorry if I sound insensitive. I am not)

    • 21
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      “The old lady is old, and we don’t want to be told the she passed away. “

      Or she may even end up like Thajudeen to destroy any evidence in the MahaJaraas favour.

  • 20
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    Yahapalana suckers are so frightened of the Jarapaksas. Thats the reason all charges against Jarapaksas going soft. If you are to put the country on the right track take bold decisions. Remember 6.2 million voters wanted justice.

  • 19
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    We need Justice Ranil & My 3 must be aware of what the public need, and the promises you gave at the elections. Not a single culprit has gone to jail for from January 8 th 2015. If you both cannot handle the situation give the Young people to Govern the Country They will see proper justice done. Harsha, Ravi, Harin , Semasinghe, Premadasa are capable in the UNP to bring about Rapid Justice which people are longing for

  • 15
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    No proper yahapalana will be possible in srilanka so long over 60% of the powerful bodies are highly corrupted – they have that in their genetics. I know from my thoughts. Arjuna Mahndran is no means corrupted.. but lanken media men painted the picture making him a bad guy. Lanken courts rejected the allegations made on him, but to this day, even if the gentleman has done his best to save lanken assets, rumours have made him a bad guy… for no reasons.
    The bond scam issue did not come from him – but from all the authorities – but those uneducated men and women made out that a bad picture. I believe, him to leave the country is better as we the guys do so, being on the west, if we can only, we should return to the country and do our services to them. Srilanka deserve only pro- corruption professionals. Arjuna, you will have better life, if you would be away from CORRUPTPION entwined srilanka.

  • 15
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    Yo was enrolled to the navy to show the Sinha le Modayas. Yo never was involved with fighting the tigers instead enjoying foreign tours and wine women and dance. Put the fellow in Jail and the rest will crumble

  • 11
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    It is Ranil who has cut a deal with the Rajapaksa;s and it is he who is protecting these scum from the law. Until Ranil is PM NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING is going to happen to the Jarapaksas. They will come and go from REMAND to BAIL at the blink of an eye.

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    Well Said Yakadaya. You are absolutely spot on. And may i add Sira too who has cut a deal. I hope Field Marshall would be made the Minister of Law & Order.

  • 10
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    It’s very much an open & shut case to me. If Yoshita got the land from his grand ma as gift, was gift tax paid but even so, a history check is necessary to determine how she came to own the property in the first place, otherwise its a question for the inland revenue to ask Yoshita how he got Rs 50m.

    Al Capone was never indicted for the murders, intimidation, boot legging and all the other crimes under the sun he had committed because he covered his track well with the support of judges, police officers & politicians he had bribed & was only convicted of tax evasion. I am sure its the same with the Rajapakses but even building a tax case against them would be just a charade by the authorities to show the masses that wheels of justice appear to be in motion. I am sure the end result would be the case thrown out due to lack of evidence or simply no case to answer.

  • 12
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    Oh my my my
    Arent you guys sick of this dam yahapalabaya
    since 1 and half year just bullshitting . To day news i see a bunch of crooks in lords

  • 14
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    What a shame the Law in Sri Lanka still unable to put criminals behind bars! how broken is this legal system? Do we need foreign Judge for all cases in Sri Lanka!?

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      Law is a Ass when the caretakers are crooks.

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      Silva, you are one of the best commmentators to this forum. I respect you always. Apart from few others whose views I love very much. But to this day, the manner the current regime too not taking due hard actions agianst the culprits makes me permanent sick. i thought, I could see it right at least before my last days – anyways, EVEN if the current men have done some good things since they have been power, but all in all, no much is done as promised prior to elections. This is very sad. Why they remain not doing the due is my next question. Even if MR s arrest could lead to a national problems of the country, his sons as we know they made all harm being above the law, shoudl be subjected to higher punishments. That can then send the message across the nation, that justice is done as promised.

  • 2
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    All farts and no shit! The parties conncerned for the evident lethargy in taking action against these people should realize that they are also falling into a vulnerable situation. If or when Rajapksas come back to power by some `jilmart` – for miracles do happen in this so called land of the Buddha – you surely can expect a Reign of Terror! Be prepared for that, too!

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    How come Ministers/there sons get automatic bail?

    i dont think this applies for all and sundry.

    How come when jailed, they are in the Hospital, who are the doctors signing the medical certificate.
    this is a circus.
    We need justice, not a circus by Ranil and the crowd.

    • 1
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      Deal … again Deal… Deal… Deall….

      And Media prevailing in the country is mafia….. no press freedom can take the ground so long press mafia is a there.

      Sooner than later, mafia media men work for Rajaakshe clans should be removed – so that press freedom can be effective in this country… then only, people s – specially vulnterable folks can turn their stagnated stupid mind sets into unbiased thoughts.

      Then the society will turn to a civlized – respect and dignified one.

  • 0
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    They have let another pariah out of his cage. I hope someone will whack this bastard soon and get him off this planet. One less stray dog is a good thing for SL.

  • 0
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    I do not know whether or not the so called Attorney General (AG) is aware/in-charge of these types of investigations connected to grievous crimes.[ 50 million]
    I do not matter whether the suspect is Yoshitha or Ranil
    This should not have been reported to the magistrate’s court (MC) at the first place with an ordinary “B” report since this involves millions of rupees where the magistrate should not be given/have the jurisdiction to hear. The reason being according to the value of a crime in this nature, the magistrate’s court cannot sentence an accused once found guilty.
    Then, the power to grant bail should not at all be with the magistrate. So, why the CID or FCID or whatever the law enforcement body do not consult the AG before launching an investigation and arrest and produce these kind of suspects. This is more than similar to an accused of an illicit liquor case being produced before a magistrate. Where are these so called legal dons of the state?
    The PM himself is a senior lawyer.
    The relevant magistrate should know when a case of this nature is brought before him/her to inform the prosecution that the MC has no jurisdiction to grant bail and remand the suspect and advice the suspect if interested to get bail from the High Court.
    People now fed-up with seeing/ hearing these types of mockeries.
    Yahapalanaya has no proper legal advicer or it has no back bone.

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