Minister of Law and Order, and Southern Development, Sagala Ratnayaka categorically denied any involvement of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Cabinet of Ministers or other senior government officials in the arrest of Yoshitha Rajapaksa, son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his alleged involvement in money laundering at the Carlton Sports Network (CSN).
In a statement issued last night, Ratnayaka said that based on the police report he obtained it was clear that Yoshitha Rajapaksa was clearly involved in this issue, which led to his arrest. “As pledged during the election, we have maintained the strictest rule of law in carrying out investigations, and I can attest that neither the President, Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers nor any government officers have interfered in this issue,” he said.
The statement went on to elaborate how electronic emails had verified that Yoshitha Rajapaksa had functioned as the chairman of the television channel, while Nishantha Ranatunga was the CEO, and Rohan Welivita, Kavishan Dissanayake, Ravinath Fernando and Shadiya Karunajeewa were founding directors of the company, which led to the arrests, after they failed to furnish proper details over how they found the initial capital amounting to Rs. 234 million, and a further US $ 2.3 million, to fund the channel.