The government has launched an investigation to find out whether material supposedly meant to build the Hamanatota Port project was used to build the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa‘s Deniyaya Palace, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns.
“The material used to build this house was transported in heavy vehicles belonging to the ‘Maga Neguma’ project. It is now being investigated if the material used to build this house and its underground bunker on a 40 acre property in Nathagala Estate Deniyaya was part of the Chinese funded material intended for the construction of the Hamabantota port. The said property was purchased by one of the sisters of the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa” a source close to Prime Minister’s confidante the Ministry of Southern Development, Sagala Ratnayaka told Colombo Telegraph.
Incidentally three journalists who were tipped off and went to investigate this project then, was arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act in October of 2009.
The three of them were subsequently released.
“The investion will also look into as to how the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s sister sourced funds to purchase this huge property” the source concluded.