Establishment of proposed "Corruption Court" to be fast tracked

… as criminal cases against members of Rajapaksa Govt. stuck at AG’s Dept.

by Zacki Jabbar

 Establishment of the proposed "Corruption Court" would be fast tracked as criminal cases against members of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime, where investigations had been completed, are  gathering dust at  the Attorney General’s Department, government sources said yesterday.

 The move comes amidst Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith P. Perera  publicly accusing Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe of preventing the passage of the "Corruption Court" proposal, which was stuck at Cabinet.

Health Minister and Co-Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said that some officers in the Attorney General’s (AG’s) Department  were sleeping on criminal  allegations against Ex-President Rajapaksa’s family and members of his government , but had worked at lightning speed with regard to an accusation against former Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake which had nothing to do with  investigations on the issue of Treasury Bonds by the Central Bank in 2016.

"In the first place, its inappropriate to use the words Bond Scam since the Central Bank had publicly called for expressions of interest for the sale of Treasury Bonds. It’s quite normal for Securities firms to bid in excess of the quantum of bonds offered for sale. This happened even under the Rajapaksa regime."

 He said that a total of 43 files on probes  into criminal cases against Mahinda Rajapaksa’s family and his government had been completed by the Criminal Investigations Department, Financial Crimes Investigation Division and the Bribery or Corruption Commission and forwarded to the Attorney General’s Department nearly two years ago. But no action had been taken.

 Describing  the "aggressive manner" in which an Additional Solicitor General had questioned Ex-Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake as "unprofessional," Senaratne said that the official concerned should understand that he  was a public servant, whose duty was to appear on behalf of the government and not pursue political agendas.

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