Politicians found guilty of corruption should not be elected as people’s representatives even after seven years Politicians found guilty of corruption should not be elected as people’s representatives even after seven years
Jan 24, 2018

Legal action recommended against Mahinda Rajapaksa Featured

The presidential commission that investigated serious acts of fraud and corruption has recommended in its report that legal action be filed against ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa and several of his ministers and ministry secretaries.

Among the recommendation of the report that was tabled in parliament yesterday (23) is that Rajapaksa and others, against whom notice has been issued, be taken to courts over the non-payment of advertising dues for ITN during the 2015 presidential election.

It appears certain politicians had aided and conspired in committing corruption on various occasions, says the reports, adding that such persons cannot be expected to serve the country or the people.

Should not even be nominated

Especially, politicians found guilty of corruption should not be elected as people’s representatives even after seven years, says the commission.

Its recommendation is that legal provisions be formulated to prohibit such persons from getting nominated or elected as people’s representatives ever again.

Among the other accused

Gota Wimal 670px 18 01 24The commission also recommends filing criminal cases against ex-defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and others, against whom notice has been served, in connection with the misuse of money in Rakna Lanka and Avant Garde Maritime Services.

Furthermore, former minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne and five others as well as ex-minister Wimal Weerawansa and others are mentioned over the misuse of money belonging to the ministries they had held.

Former minister Priyankara Jayaratne and five others are accused over corruption and irregularities at SriLankan Airlines.

The presidential commission report also recommends legal action against ex-ministers Basil Rajapaksa, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena as well as P.B. Jayasundara, Dhanasiri Amaratunga, Renuka Perera, Sujatha Damayanthi, Nishantha Weeratunga and Priyath Bandu among others.

 

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