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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2739

Arrest not awaits Basil at the Airport, when he arrives on 21st afternoon

Colombo, 19 April, (Asiantribune.com):

The former strongman Basil Rajapaksa, Ex-Minister of Economics Development and one of the four siblings of the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will not be arrested at airport, when he lands by EK 348 Emirates flight from Dubai at the Katunayake International airport, at 13.35 hours on 21st Tuesday.

The Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said that the police would not arrest the former minister at the airport, as no arrest warrant had been issued in his name.

"We have simply informed him to appear before the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) to record a statement", said the ASP.

Earlier, former Director General of the Divineguma Department, R.R.K. Ranawaka, making a statement to the FCID stated that Basil Rajapaksa had ordered him to spend Divineguma funds on his brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa's election campaign. Ranawaka had been summoned to the FCID over the misappropriation of public funds amounting to Rs 63 million.
Subsequently a financial fraud case was filed against former minister Basil Rajapaksa before Kaduwela Magistrate Dhammika Hemapala.

The Police Financial Crime Investigation Division indicted former minister Rajapaksa for misappropriation of state funds including Divi Neguma Department’s bonuses, spending its funds for the propaganda campaign of the past presidential election and spending another 70 million rupees to hold a conference.

Thereafter, the former minister was issued notice under Section 124 of Criminal Procedure Code on 26 March by the Kaduwela Magistrate Dhammika Hempala to appear before the FCID to record a statement. Rajapaksa is expected to appear before the FCID on 24 April.

Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa who left the country immediately after the Presidential election with his wife is expected to leave today from Minneapolis, USA to JFK International Airport and from there would l board Emirates flight EK 202 Dubai and from Dubai he is expected to board another Emirates Flight to Katunayake International Airport.

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