19 November, 2018

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Ravi K Says Actual Cost Of Hambantota Cricket Stadium Is Rs. 852 Million, And Not Rs. 4.5 Billion As Claimed By Rajapaksa

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has disclosed that the actual cost of the infamous Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Sooriyawewa, Hambantota is only Rs. 852 million, contrary to claims made by the former Mahinda Rajapaksa led government which said that the stadium was built at a cost of Rs. 4.5 billion.

MahindaKarunanayake said that the fresh valuation was received last week from valuation officers and they have estimated the total cost of the cricket stadium to be at Rs. 852 million.

The fresh valuation was called amidst claims by the previous government which said that they had spent Rs. 4.5 billion to construct the stadium, and with the Chinese company now requesting for payment from the Sri Lankan government for carrying out the stadium construction work which was carried out during Rajapaksa’s term.

“There is absolutely no basis for the previous government’s claim that they spent Rs. 4.5 billion to construct this stadium,” Karunanayake added.

The stadium in Hambantota has been termed a ‘white elephant’ due to the extreme costs for construction and maintenance and because very few cricket matches have been played in the stadium since it was opened in 2011.

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    Let us see the account then. Where did the remaining 3.5B go?

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      Mahinda Rajapaksa, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake Says:

      RE: Ravi K Says Actual Cost Of Hambantota Cricket Stadium Is Rs. 852 Million, And Not Rs. 4.5 Billion As Claimed By Rajapaksa

      “Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has disclosed that the actual cost of the infamous Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Sooriyawewa, Hambantota is only Rs. 852 million, contrary to claims made by the former Mahinda Rajapaksa led government which said that the stadium was built at a cost of Rs. 4.5 billion.”

      So, to begin with, the Contractors got Rs. 852 Million for a white Elephant for your Ego.

      Mahinda Rajapaksa Accounting and “Profitability”

      Cost to the Govt./People Rs. 4,500 Million

      Paid to the Contractors Rs. 850 Million

      Mahinda Rajapaksa and Cronies Profitability Rs. 4,150 Million

      White it is very fortunate that there a lot of Modayas, it is also rather unfortunate for you that not all are Modayas.

      That is why you were defeated.

      Have you heard about President Richard Nixon?

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        Ravi K needs to put his money where his mouth is!

        The Jarapassa family and cronies like Nivard Cabraal should be prosecuted under Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, whereby US Attorney General is going after the Malaysian Prime Minister Seeking to Recover $1 Billion in the Largest Kleptocracy Case to Date against the Malaysian Govt. hedge fund.

        Fighting International Public Corruption The Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative was established in 2010 to curb high-level public corruption around the world. Led by a team of Department of Justice prosecutors working in tandem with the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies, its mission is to forfeit the proceeds of corruption by foreign officials and, where appropriate, to use recovered assets to benefit the people who were harmed. Individuals with information about possible proceeds of foreign corruption located in or laundered through the United States should contact federal law enforcement or send an e-mail to kleptocracy@usdoj.gov. https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/us-seeks-to-recover-1-billion-in-largest-kleptocracy-case-to-date

        Global investigators believe more than $1 billion entered Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts, much of it from state investment fund 1MDB. …The fund was created by the Malaysian government to promote economic development in that country through global partnerships and foreign direct investment. But members of the conspiracy—which included 1MDB officials, their relatives, and other associates—diverted billions of dollars using a web of shell companies with bank accounts in Singapore, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and the U.S. These complex schemes were intended to conceal the origin and ownership of the funds

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          Don Stanley,

          The tragedy is, nothing has happened so far to any of the plunderers. In fact they leave courthouses when released on bail when accused for outright graft, in open topped vehicles, waving to their crony henchmen as though they fought for the emancipation of the down trodden and have been just released from years of incarceration.

          The fact why they were in there in the courthouses does not get mentioned anywhere. No TV station asks intelligent by-standers for their opinion. They leave like heroes who have battled against all odds and won!

          Such a shabby, shameless family of fraudsters we have never seen in the annals of our modern or ancient history. It goes without saying the quality of those who rally around them, be in parliament or outside it.

          Ranil needs some trenchant young and spirited speakers in the front row in parliament; and not the derelict fossils that now occupy them.

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      Dint you read on Colombo telegraph Basil owned office buildings and bought houses for in laws with no financial trace of how they were acquired.

      So he is just one link in the Rajapaksa chain and I presume that amounts to only a fraction of a single percentage of the corruption that was going on.

      After all accounting is an art not a science and the Rajapaksa’s seem to have perfected it to a certain extent.

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      One way of laundering the proceeds:

      ‘The Government has decided to confiscate several houses and an office belonging to former minister Basil Rajapaksa, as there is no proper legal documentation to prove the ownership of these houses.

      Basil
      Basil

      Accordingly, at least two houses, believed to be owned by Rajapaksa in Malwana, and Matara, along with his office in Gampaha will be confiscated by the Government.

      Sources said that the house in Matara is under Rajapaksa’s wife, Pushpa’s sister’s name. However, during a series of inquiries by the FCID, Pushpa Rajapaksa’s sister had denied any knowledge as to how her brother in law acquired the land and build houses on the land. A Rajapaksa brother in law, Lalith Chandradasa and architect Muditha Jayakody had also shared similar sentiments with the FCID during an inquiry.”

      How many surrogates did the rajapaksa’s employ? How much of that money is in Sri Lanka real estate and the stock market and how much of it is offshore. Marcos comes to mind.

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      I totally agree with you! I want proof! what about the 18 billion US$ MR has stacked away? everyone has forgotten about it. Can the government please get it? Persecute all of them and if they are guilty put them in jail without coming out with arbitrary numbers!

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    Galleon Ravi’s Accounting is fascinating?.

    Do Stadiums appreciate in value the same way as real estate in Megapolis?..Especially when these stadiums are located in rural areas..

    Wonder what the valuation Galleon put on Mattala Airport for pretty boy FM’s favourite, Diaspora Funds to bid?..

    But then some Yahapalana suckers are still unable to workout the maths regarding the 2.95% extra, which they have to fork out on Mahendran’s LKR 200 Billion loan for the next thirty years,

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      I love this man’s loyalty. He is still singing for his suppers of yesteryear.

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        Rohan,

        “I love this man’s loyalty. He is still singing for his suppers of yesteryear.”

        Love!? Lol! It is not love but kunukarawala rasa! Sumanasekaraya is a toilet eater of MARA and he cannot survive without eating goo!

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        Rohan you call it Loyalty??

        No, it is called ‘servility’. It is a very un-Aussie like trait which only south Asians bring with them to Australia.

        They cant shed it because they don’t know they suffer from it.

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      I am no fan of Ravi K.

      He has more than a few skeletons in the closet. Big, secretive business dealer running SL’s Ministry of Finance. Bloody awful, unethical, disasterous combination. Everyone knows that. Except arrogant UNP top brass.

      Having said that Ravi K is nation’s Minster of Finance. His statements involve the name of the Ministry. We take it seriously.

      The allegation is nothing small. It sounds like a major financial crime, if correct.

      I expect the FCID to pull up in front of Carlton House anytime now. Take in the corrupt King Kong for a detailed chat in downtown, Colombo.

      Otherwise there will be no difference between useless utterings of Mervyn Silva and statements of Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Finance.

      Cheers!

      PS:
      Are you happy now, Sumane?

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        Benny,

        Are you a member of the Elite Anglican faction of Batalanada Ranil’s UNP?..

        If so, your admission that Galleon Ravi is an A List crook must be appreciated, because your kind seems to be a rare spices there.

        But you ought to bring yourself up to speed on difference between construction costs and valuations.

        Do you have a Sakkli Faction also in the UNP?

        Because your fellow commentator SILVA seems to know a lot about Toilets.

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      Sumanasekara,

      Speaking of suckers, why do you suck up to the Medamulana criminal gang no matter what? Family ties? Insanity?
      Would be quite interesting to know how your mind works.

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    Into MaRa’s Pocket, of course. Where else?

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    OK,OK,OK so none of Rajapaksas have O-level so they made a mistake calculating cost?

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    Unbelievable; Such a wide difference!

    Even a fool won’t present altered figures to such a wide gap.

    An international valuer should be taken to do the task again. (as our one’s may be corrupt or not qualified enough)

    I wonder whether the government valuation officers have fooled the minister.

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      /Even a fool won’t present altered figures to such a wide gap./
      They never thought they would lose any election.

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    Mr. Finance Minister: If you are satisfied that the actual cost of this Stadium is Rs. 853 million why don’t you challenge the Chinese Company’s claim of Rs. 4.5 billion? Have you done that? It is good to make official announcements; but it is much more important to find out and challenge the over expenditure by this construction company. Don’t you think it is your right and obligation to do so, rather than pay the money claimed by the contractor? What does the original “Agreement” provide for in construction costs and how the payment terms are arranged? The people would like to know that along with your estimates of the actual cost of Rs.853 million. Please make the society of Sri Lanka an “Informed Society”. I think you would agree, that it is a RESPONSIBILITY of a “Responsible Peoples’ Representative.

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      Douglas – I totally agree with your argument. This is again a Wolf! wolf! story. MR is no fool to jack up the cost by four fold.FM should Get the accounts and proof of payment and get it clarified by his own auditors first and if found faulty,report the matter to the Chinese Govt.,who provided the contractor . China who does business with many countries in the world, including USA and Europe, will not like to tarnish their name by protecting one of their contractors. They coop-
      erated well with our mega city project, which was under investigation a year back. If proved that the actual cost was exaggerated, report the matter to FCID and finally to the people . This is the way to go about.

      It is beyond imagination that building a cricket stadium will cost over
      4.5 billion rupees . How come these allegations go to the media first and then get bogged down at the final inquiry. Embezzling did happen during the past regime but prove it to the people.If you cannot prove it, pls do not talk about it.

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      Chinese are thief s,. they will bribe all the living and motivate them with bad thoughts to steal, cheat and rule,. look what they are doing back in china with Tibet and Tiananmen Massacre.

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    Mahinda Rajapakse has frittered away massive sums of public money on three stillborn Mega Projects. These Three White Elephants have behaved like Three Black Holes and sucked up most the wealth of the nation irretrievably!

    And still there are Morons who want him to return to power and lead the nation once again!

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    So now what????

    This is just another of those ‘reports’ about the scams the Rajapakses inflicted on the country, and just like all the others, nothing will be done – except maybe a few ‘show’ arrests, remand, hospitalization, bail and then they will all live happily ever after on the spoils of their crimes.

    The farce continues!

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    Why everyone (except KASmalam) sounds a bit surprised. Tis man created a fund called Helping Hambantota and helped himself and his family. Esentially he stole the money of poor Tsunami victims. What elese do you expect from Master Thieves?

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      Rohan

      good argument and let me add more

      When Tsunami hit our shores this man (Rajapakse) was the 2nd man in the government so it’s worth checking whether it had been done with the blessings of the 1st citizen.

      I still remember this story was on grapevine even those days but opposition failed to make a voice strong enough to make an issue.

      I wonder whether a share silenced them.

      Come to politics all are in the same boat.

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        /I still remember this story was on grapevine even those days but opposition failed to make a voice strong enough to make an issue. I wonder whether a share silenced them./

        Sajith Malli was MARA’s favorite, and was controlled by GORA. Karu was one leg each side. Ranil was worried about his own survival.

        But, they CAN act now. But, would they?

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    If the allegation has basis, it is a terrible crime by Mahinda R
    against the entire poor nation. The middle class is destroyed, the poor are starving and the rich in a quandary – all because the Rajapakse family are emptying the nation’s coffers. The Mahanayakas, meanwhile, bestowed title after title on the venal family. At least they could have publicly censured the rogues.

    Interpol, the global banking system and other relevant overseas agencies should come to Sri Lanka’s aid in unearthing most of Rajapakses stolen loot.

    Backlash

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    It would be good if you could back your claim by presenting an audited statement of Accounts, and then telling us what happened to the balance monies. Hereto give us proof o f your claim.

    Otherwise this is viewed as just another “gobbledegook” statement like everything else that you have proclaimed ! Sadly You have lost all credibility in the eyes of the Public

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    Galleon Ravi talks about Rajapakses but he does not talk about how much he got from Rajarathnam and then he began to say it is not alimankada it is pamankada.

    Rajapakses did not use how Galleon Ravi used the war to get rich and belittle the war.

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      /Galleon Ravi talks about Rajapakses but he does not talk about how much he got from Rajarathnam/

      Rajarathnam got his money from wherever, and he gave the money to Ravi, if he did.

      But, the money Rajapakses pocketed was from a high interested loan, which was borrowed on the name of people of Sri Lanka and the next few generations are going to pay interest, then the capital.

      Jim Softy is a Rajapakse cleaner, but he seems to think everyone here is at his level of IQ.

      Can you ask your Master to demand an inquiry or to take Ravi to Court? The people would be happy to see both people answering questions and decide what exactly happened.

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    Somewhat agree with sr. What are the qualifications of these local valuer? RK who is supposed to be a professional should be careful when disclosing these numbers as for onething local valuers may be way off. Since this work was done by a Chinese firm, regional rates may have come into play though the work would have been subcontracted to locals.. More prudent approach would be to get a reputed organization such as Buildings Dept, CECB, SEC, ECL (Not sure where this still exists) to value the work provided that these organizations didn’t carryout part of the work and have no hidden agenda. Once the realistic cost is calculated a % can be added to reflect the regional prices. Having said that knowing MR, NR, BR resumes it may not be surprising if funds were diverted elsewhere but how much is the question. Then from the country’s perspective what is the value for doing all this at the taxpayers expenses. Is RK challenging the Chinese.. no way mate. This is a waste of everyone time and money People will have to eat it while handful (MR Inc.)would have become billonairs.

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    In USA, it costs US$720 million (over RS 70 billion) to build an average stadium. One would expect it to be 1/10th the cost in Sri Lanka (i.e. US$ 72 million, or RS 7 billion).

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    chineese are crooks so MR was with good company.

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    Ravi.K try to make himself fool…as everybody know it will not cot such a stadium 852Mn….so something is so clear…

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    CEB GANG BANGS MOTHER LANKA FOR 57 BILLION = usd 389502660.00 three hundred eighty-nine million five hundred two thousand six hundred sixty dollars.

    In FOUr mOnTHS ..

    lEAViNG POOR MOTHER LAnKA To BlEED TO DEATH , SHAMELESS CROOKS ,

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    Now that the worst decade of corruption in SL history has been recorded, readers may have a look at the updated version of matters pending – what has GG done to expedite its conclusions. A Special Court is too fast for MS/RW tactics I guess.

    The following 30 allegations too should be added, as vital outstanding matters of GG: Kind attention of Hon. Sagala Ratnayaka – Minister of Law & Order
    a) Computer purchases for Mahindodaya labs. in Rs. 5.87 Bil..
    b) Issue of 1000 diplomatic Passports during 9 yrs. of Rule.
    c) 3 PSD Officers: Brig. Capt. & Major in Money Laundering during the past Regime
    d) Tourist Board Officials Rs. 5.7 Mil. . transactions
    e) SL Insurance re involvement of a Doc. & ex-Minister
    f) S.E.Corp Rs.4.7 Mil. transaction
    g) Diary Printing by an ex-Minister Rs. 1.4 mil.
    h) D.A.Rajapakse Museum construction Rs. 91 Mil.
    i) Purchase of Gowers Pvt. Ltd. by a Parliamentarian
    j) 40 luxury vehicles rented by S.Eng.Corp.
    k) Rs. 3117 Mil paid by a Chinese Engineering Co. into 6 Banks A/cs.
    l) Commonwealth Games Trip of 140 persons & exp. of Rs. 358 mil. thereof
    m) Rs. 12,500 mil. found dumped in Temple Trees during Dec.2014/Jan.2015
    n) Prof. S.Wijeyasooriyas allegation re the sale & distribution of 40 Kg. Gold, also Siriliya A/c.
    o) Air Force Commanders dealings in the hire of Helicopters to Crain Ltd.
    p) J.C.Weliamuna Committee Rpt. on Lanka Airlines still in the hands of the PM of Sri Lanka.
    q) An ex-CJ admitting his lenient or corrupt (?) verdict on “Helping Hambantota” Case!
    r) An MR Co-ordinating Secy. holding multiple jobs arrested with 10 Gold Biscuits,(1106 gm) by FCID
    s) CICT paid Rs.19.41 mil. to Pushpa Rajapakse Foundation on 21-5-12 before Cololmbo South Terminal Contract commenced.
    t) JVPs petition filed in Supreme Court re 193 charges against K.P. & his assets disposed during MR Regime
    u) Min. Rambukwella`s Rs. 20 Mil. Ex Presidents Fund plus Insurance obtained over Med. Treatment in 2012.
    v) illegal renting of Fisheries Harbour by then Minister of Fisheries R. Senaratne, under previous Govt.
    w) One man Commission Report by ex- S.C Judge Nimal Dissanayake on Elephant Robbery
    x) Rs.372 Mil. Fraud by Diplomat U.Weeratunga in 2006 in MiG purchases under Gota then.
    Y) White vanning by the past regime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgn0k-V31Q0&feature=youtu.be&noredirect=1
    z) Vihanage Rpt. Re Security Forces Headqrts.Bldg. and overpayment of Rs.173Mil.by D.Secy.
    a1) 11 Dept./Com./Board/State Secretaries (incl.Gota) for corruptions, as detailed hereunder:- http://www.lankaenews.com/news/1423/en
    b1) Auditor Gen. Rpt.on SLBFE under Dilan Perera spending Rs.925,309/- on balloons ex-Mattegoda
    c1) The real value of Suriyawewa Cricket Stadium estimated at Rs. 852 mn by valuation officers though the previous government claimed to have spent a staggering Rs. 4,500 mn on the project ,says Hon.Ravi K. d1) Over-valued rice purchases by K.Attapattu of Sathosa and related malpractices. e1) FCID updates – No.64/15 Basil R. Rs.396 Mil. In 3 Property purchases
    FCID No.17/15 Yoshita R in 8 Transaction Rs. 707 Mil., FCID 138/15 Namal R in 16 transactions
    Rs. 347 Mil., & FCID 82/15 Champika Karunarathna Rs. 5 Mil in Extortions.

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    Great Ravi but let’s have some action & while you are at it, try to get some of the money the Rajapakses have apparently stashed abroad. That should bridge the budget defecit somewhat

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    One Thing , mahinda took the nation for a ride like no other, give the devil its due, and the greatest achievement is the man is still in demand by 40 odd percentage of the population, and no one can even pluck a hair from his arse and that makes the man the greatest leader who ever ruled this ,this this ,lanka ,,

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      mahinda the ela Kola

      “….no one can even pluck a hair from his arse…” Are you implying that K.A. Sumanasekera’s job is at stake ?

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        Mate , Your mates Batalanada and his pretty boy FM wouldn’t have any anyway,,

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    So many things you all were talking about, nothing is proved. Are these guys clean?

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    This project needs auditing and not limited to political speeches made to media.
    Then, this project hasn’t been paid, so we haven’t lost the monies and can reexamine ( most probably they won’t do it)
    As someone who retired from engineering corporation I know how estimates can differ. But this amount looks
    Quite low white the due amount looks hefty. But then, I don’t have the details of the logistics involved.

    Mark my words government will shush all this just in a matter of days 1 need to please China 2 don’t want to offend MR 3 finally government has not real intention of bringing people to books sort from the eye wash. ( because they plan to do the same with new projects)

    In reality we the voters are nicely taken a ride, so now all we can do is sit back and complain or alternatively get some pop corn.

    Ranjith

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    Wild allegations by a person who is expected to be decent, honest and measured in his speech as the minister of finance.
    He should show how and by whom this figure was calculated, why he did not mention this 4 years ago when the staduim was completed with flu cost published in cabinet papers.
    Instead of scraping the bottom of the barrel to find bizarre allegations, he and his bankrupt government should prove the allegations already made-1). 15 billion dollars siphoned away from this country by MR, 2)Commissions earned on , 3)corrupt deals involving irrigation projects, helicopters and golden horses belonging to Rajapakse family, Hotels owned by MR in Dubai, accounts in seychelles,.. the list goes on.
    But he should explain to the public how he utilised the 40 million rupees illegally transferred to his account by Convicted criminal, LTTE financier R Rajaratnam, Why he and Ranil do not empower FCID to investigate the daylight robbery of central bank by Arjuna , close friend of R Rajaratna. He shouldhimself ask FCID to investigate the widely known allegations of corrupt and fraudulent customs offences in trans-shipment of arecunut and copper.
    He should also explain who pays his monthly rent of 2 million rupees at his executive apartment in 5 star hotel in Colombo.
    IHe also should reveal his links with LTTE when he along with Jayalath Jayawardena met Tiger top bras in Madu during Chandrika’s tenure.
    Finally he must declare the cost of the three luxury cars he imported in such a short period as 18 months.
    He raised import duty for cars by 100-300% in his recent budget, Did he sound of Mercedes and Bmw licenced importers beforehand so that they imprted hundreds of luxury cars just before the tax increase so that these car dealers could make a fortune.
    Will the finance minister inform the public if the car dealers who made a fortune payed him back for this favour.

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    Can the Finance Ministry give the people the total amount of money
    spent on the Mattala airport, The Hambantota Harbour and the cricket stadium.
    Further, There are plans to dump more money in infrastructure in billions of rupees to develop the harbour and the airport,as per
    media reports. Both these projects were called ‘white elephants’
    by the current Govt. when assumed power. Why is this special
    treatment to this district in comparison to other districts. What
    is so prosperous in this district.

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    It took one year to say this.

    When public accused Arjuna, you all said he is innocent until proven guilty and he can hold the high office while inquiry? is on. We all know this will not apply to Rajapaksas. We also know Rajapaksas have amassed illegal wealth. We also know your government from top to bottom equally corrupted and will not bring Rajapaksas to books. You talk about missing billions and catch them for petty issues.

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    not surprised by this revelation.I read an interview where arjuna ranatunge said that namal had approached him and said there was an investor interested in putting up the stadium and for arjuna to inflate the figures for him.Arjuna had declined saying a stadium was not necessary and the money could be better spent by putting it into schools and other local cricket facilities.Namal baby is behind every money making venture with fingers in every pie.

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      Yes you are right. Namal was the architect of the Central Bank BAOND fraud, dubbed the heist of the century.
      The person behind the billion rupee fraud in tendering the coal imports in 2015 was none other than Namal. When Ravi was payed 4 billion rupees violating exchange regulations from convicted fraudster R Rajaratnam tperson behind this crime was Ramal. It is Nama who pays Ravi’smonthly rental of 2 million for his executive apartment in a 5 star hotel where he now lives.

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    Day light robbery, what more can anyone say?. #Horapakse #livingoffthegovernment

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    Dear Mr. Karunanayake,

    Either you do not know what self respect and credibility is all about or you have lost both qualities and do not really care about public opinion.

    As you claimed in a recent news report…as the only ‘qualified’ accountant in Parliament, an analysis of any set of accounts must be justifiable with a traceable, logical series of conclusions. We do not have to believe anything you say in Parliament or outside of its premises unless you have the facts to back up your words.

    You boss and you,and the rest of the sleazebags you call colleagues, have been accusing the Rajapakses for the last 24 months of all types of financial shenanigans. Then, you have found out that they were cleverer than your ‘qualified’ brains by a mile. So, now, we are stuck with your pronouncements that do not mean SHIT! Every week a jackass or two in the Cabinet makes a ludicrous claim about how the previous govt stole. How come the girls in the Massage parlours are ending up in jail but none of the real crooks? Yes yes..the laws are different.

    Put up the facts, back them up…or just get the hell out and leave us in peace and prosperity. Maybe your old pal Rajaratnam might need help managing
    his depleted but hidden finances. You might actually get some hints from him about how the Rajapakses have outwitted the dimwits at the Finance Minstry so far.

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