Bond Commission report cleared UNP and Ranil of wrongdoing – Wajira



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UNP MP Wajira Abeywardena said in statement yesterday that Sriā€ˆLanka was in a deep political crisis because of the unconstitutional removal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his government by President Maithripala Sirisena, who appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as new Prime Minister.


"In a bid to justify his unconstitutional and unethical act, President Sirisena informed foreign media correspondents of Sri Lanka that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and his government had been corrupt. He further stated that within 50 days of the formation of the new government someone had robbed the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. This refers to Central Bank Treasury Bond Auction related case against one company engaged in that business. However, we all know that this allegation was investigated by a special and impartial Presidential Commission. The report with recommendations of this Commission was submitted to the President and subsequently tabled in Parliament.


In this report, Presidential Commission has clearly identified the real culprits and cleared Ranil Wickremasinghe and members of United National Party of allegations of corruption. In page 875 of the Presidential Commission report, Commission has stated as follows:


‘Finally, we consider it relevant to state here that, we are aware that there have been speculations, among sections of the public, with regard to whether a part of the Profits made by Perpetual Treasuries Ltd during the period of our mandate have been transferred to a political party or to persons in the political arena.


In view of these speculations, we obtained the Financial Statements of the Bank Accounts of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd and its Associate Companies, so that these Financial Statement and Statements of the Bank Accounts could be examined to ascertain whether, upon a perusal of those documents, there were indications of unusual and high value transfers of funds which ex facie do not appear to have been done in the course of business of the Companies.


These Financial Statements and Statements of the Bank Accounts have been examined, over a period of time, by the officers of the Attorney General’s Department who assisted the Commission of inquiry.


The aforesaid perusal of the Financial Statements of the Bank Accounts of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd and its Associate Companies did not indicate that there have unusual and high value transfers of funds which ex facie do not appear to have been done in the course of business of the Companies.


In any event, in view of the aforesaid speculation, we specially questioned the Chairman and Secretary of the United National Party and the Hon. Prime Minister whether that political party or any member of that party had received financial contributions from Perpetual Treasuries Ltd or its Associate Companies.


All three witnesses emphatically answered that, they were unaware of any such transactions.


No material has been placed before us which suggests that, this evidence is incorrect.


So that it is very clear that the allegations against Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and United National Party are wrong. These allegations levelled against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe are only to achieve political objectives of some anti-democratic and corrupt politicians of the country.


We believe at least after indepth investigations and report, political leaders should refrain from making false allegations to achieve their political objectives.


And we would like to emphasize that United National Front Government led by Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe had taken several important steps to promote corruption free governance. Some of those are as follows:


1. Strengthen the independent law enforcement mechanisms through 19th Amendment to the Constitution


a. Independent Police Commission


b. Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption.


2. Establishment of Financial Crimes Investigation Department (FCID).


3. Establishment of Independent Audit Commission.


4. Introducing Right to Information Act and establishment of mechanism to realize people’s right to receive information on Government activities, expenses, financing etc.


5. Broadening of Government Development Financing by giving more attention to get funds from international sources like World Bank and Asian Development Bank as well as countries like USA, Japan, UK, Germany and European countries, those who have their own procedures and mechanisms to minimize corruption.


6. Ensuring freedom from political influence for Law Enforcement Agencies such as Police and Judiciary.


Abeywardene has said in his statement that from the above, anybody could easily understand how committed Wickremesinghe and his Government are to ridding the country of corruption.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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