Former UPFA parliamentarian Sajin Vass Gunawardena after agreeing to become a witness for the state in the investigations carried against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been provided with a team of Ministerial Security Division (MSD) officers for his protection.
Gunewardana’s Borella residence currently is akin to a heavily guarded fort with MSD officers along with his private security guarding the location.
Guenewardena is said to have received death threats since agreeing to become a state witness against Rajapaksa.
Both Gunewardena and his wife have limited their movements and on occasions when they travel outside, a coterie of heavily armed MSD officers accompany them, an aide to the former monitoring MP of the foreign ministry said.
Gunewardena so far has not appeared in public and has kept away from the phone since getting released on bail about three weeks back.
It is learnt that Gunawardena has agreed to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) that he would reveal details of many corrupt and fraudulent transactions that had taken place during the period of the former Rajapaksa regime.
Some of these investigations are to be carried out by the CID jointly with the Financial Crimes Investigations Department (FCID).
During the tenure of the former regime, Gunawardena served as coordinating secretary to then President Rajapaksa and also served as the monitoring MP of the External Affairs Ministry.
It was therefore believed that Gunawardena played a key role in many financial deals carried out by the Rajapaksa regime and he is being accused of paying millions to public relation firms in US without the knowledge of the cabinet or the foreign ministry.
These PR firms is said to have coordinated a number of activities in US and some other western nations to propagate the image of Rajapaksa and build contacts with key political and other decision makers in the above countries.
Gunewardena has been charged with misusing 23 vehicles attached to the Presidential Secretariat.
Gunawardena, who was in remand custody after his arrest in May this year was finally released on bail at the end of September.
In addition to the misuse of vehicles Vaas Gunawardena is facing several charges of alleged corruption and fraud during the tenure of the former regime.
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