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Speakers doubles game revealed - Blocks Ravi K’s privileges statement - Here is Ravi’s censored special statement

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya is said to have blocked the special statement which was to be issued by former Minister of Finance and Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake regarding his breach of privileges without giving him any prior notice.

UNP in turmoil

The UNP is said to be in turmoil now following the actions of the Speaker while the Ravi Karunanayake party said the speaker blocked the speech despite having been informed according to the proper parliamentary procedure that the MP will make a statement today (24) about the breach of his privileges.

Speakers actions suspicious

One young MP of the UNP speaking to isis.lk said the actions of the speaker have raised doubts and suspicions as he could have informed Karunanayake yesterday if the speech cannot be allowed during today's session.

According to the MP addressing the parliament yesterday, the speaker said the President’s office has assured the copies of the bond commission report have only been given to the President’s office, parliament, attorney general's department and the Central Bank. Therefore the speaker not questioning Karunanayake's claim that he obtained a copy from the President’s office itself raises suspicions.

Ravi purposely put in danger

Meanwhile, with reports that there are attempts to arrest the former Minister being circulated, the MP said by blocking Karunanayake's speech it appears that the speaker has indirectly helped the efforts to put parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake in danger.

An invisible hand behind Speaker’s act of censorship?

The MP further speaking to us anonymously questioned if an invisible hand behind the act of censorship by the speaker given the current political scenario.

While an internal discussion between UNP leaders has now commenced, the MP said a decision will be taken regarding this situation after the conclusion of the talks.

When questioned regarding the blocking of the speech which was to be made by the MP regarding the breach of his privileges, Ravi Karunanayake declined to comment saying the speech which was to be made in parliament will be given to all media outlets instead while providing a copy to isis.lk.

following is the full text of MP Ravi Karunanayake’s speech regarding the breach of his privileges which was expected to made in parliament today.

Honorable Speaker,

First and foremost I, Colombo District Member of Parliament, Ravi Karunanayake would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity to present my statement regarding the breach of my parliamentary privileges before the house.

On January 8, 2015 2015 a dream resonated within our hearts. That is, the establishment of consensus and good governance while also establishing democracy, reconciliation that was once lost while bringing about economic and social development in the country. To achieve these targets on January 8, 2015 we were able to elect a new President and a government following which in the same year we established a consensus government.

However unfortunately in a matter of three years this dream appears to be slipping away from us due to misleading and narrow political objectives.

But today I am making this speech as a person who not only strongly believes in but also stands for consensus and good governance while hoping to fight till the very end to make this dream a reality.

My expectation is not to attack anyone

There is perhaps no other political figure whose character was more assassinated and insulted than me due to the controversial bond issue. Therefore I have a right to prove my innocence in this regard. But I have no intention of attacking anyone through this statement. Instead I take this opportunity to prove my truthfulness regarding the allegations leveled against me.

Despite the criticisms levelled against me, I have the strength to face them. It's the strength of the truth. The strength of fairness and justice.

Perhaps this is the first time in the history of parliament a complaint is being made such as this regarding a breach of privileges.

As a person who always stood for and fought for good governance, I have become a ghastly and planned political target of these chain of events.

At this time I recall a proverb in local folklore. "වැටත් නියරත් ගොයම් කානම් කාට පවසන් ඒ අමාරුව ? "

Was awaiting the report

Honorable Speaker,

From the time my name was dragged in to the activities of this commission, I have been impatiently awaiting the release of the report.

The Presidential commission to investigate in to the questionable issuance of treasury bonds was appointment by the his excellency the President on January 27, 2017. Following this appointment the investigations were conducted for around 10 months after which the compiled report was presented to the President on December 30, 2017.

  • The commission report which consisting of thousands of pages was then hurriedly summarised in a mere three days during the new year by a committee comprising of senior officers who in return handed this over to the President.
  • Based on this report summary on January 3, 2018 the President made a special statement through media outlets. My statement today is mainly focused and based on this statement made by him.

President’s Statement

  • The statement made says the following :
  • "The report mentions the responsibility of Former Minister Ravi Karunanayake regarding the rent payments for a penthouse apartment by the Walt and Row company owned and controlled by the Aloysius family. The report states that a legal case should be filed against him under the Bribery Act as well as under the Penal Code for giving false statements to the Commission."

This says a case should be filed against me.

However in the report thereafter handed over to us only says that relevant authorities should look into if there is any wrongdoing and if such wrongdoing is discovered then appropriate action should be taken in this regard.

This is indeed a bizarre situation. It is as if during a game of cricket the batsman lets a wide delivery be, only to be declared as dismissed by the Umpire.

Please allow me to explain.

Going through this report it is clear that the media campaign launched against me by connecting me to the controversial bond issue is in fact a planned conspiracy.

Certain politicians and media outlets carried out major propaganda campaigns claiming that as the Former Minister of Finance, I advised state banks regarding treasury bond transactions thereby making the government incur serious losses in revenue.

The commision says a different story

        However the commission says a completely different story.

I would like to bring your attention to Page 838 of the report. It says the following :

We have earlier, concluded that, in view of the undesirably high Yield Rates which then prevailed, it was reasonable and justifiable for Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, MP, the then Minister of Finance, to wish to bring these Yield Rates down at these Treasury Bond Auctions. We have also taken the view that, since successive Governments have been known to use the state-owned People’s Bank, National Savings Bank and Bank of Ceylon to implement some policy measures and it is not per se irregular for a Government to do so, we cannot find fault with Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, MP, the then Minister of Finance for convening these meetings and giving the aforesaid instructions to the three State Banks.

Through this the commission accepts that as Finance Minister it was just and legal of me to reduce these rates.

“It was reasonable and justifiable for Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, MP, the then Minister of Finance, to wish to bring these Yield Rates down at these Treasury Bond Auctions”

The commission further accepts that the previous governments have also taken similar action according to their policies while confirming that I am not in the wrong in this regard.

“To implement some policy measures and it is not per se irregular for a Government to do so, we cannot find fault with Hon. Ravi Karunanayake”

Meanwhile an extensive propaganda was carried out claiming that I instructed the Central Bank. However, the commission has now rejected all these statements.

I would like to once against bring page 838 of the report to your attention. It says :

“However, we have also earlier concluded that, there is no evidence before us which suggests that, Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, MP or the Ministry of Finance advised the CBSL that the aforesaid instruction had been given to the three State Banks”

According to the report the commission has accepted that there is no evidence to say my Ministry nor I had instructed the Central Bank in these transactions.

Honorable Speaker,

The commission in its report more importantly accepts that the Central Bank or the Treasury bond issue was not under my control or influence at the time.

 Lawyers Conclusions

My learned lawyers have informed me of the following conclusions they have arrived at after going through the commission report.

  1. The commission has confirmed that I have no connection to Perpetual treasuries or another party receiving a profit from the purchase and sale of treasury bonds.
  2. The commission does not report of evidence regarding any wrongdoing and/or illegal on my part with regards to the sale of bonds by the Central Bank and/or the purchase of these bonds by a primary dealer.

 Commission Recommendations

 Honourable Speaker,

I will now focus on the recommendations in the commission report.

Chapter 33 of the report focuses on the recommendations. Pages 921 - 922 holds 30 recommendations. I have been mentioned in recommendations number 24 and 25 on page 920 and 921.

              Please look at recommendations number 24 on pages 920 - 921 in the report before you.

              “As stated earlier in Chapter 24, we recommend that, the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption should consider whether Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, MP, while he was Minister of Finance, derived a substantial benefit from the Lease Payments made by Walt and Row Associates (Pvt) Ltd [which is an Associate Company of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd and which is owned and controlled by the same persons who own and control Perpetual Treasuries Ltd] for the lease of apartment occupied by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, MP and his family and, if so, determine whether appropriate action should be taken against Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, MP, under the Bribery Act;

 We recommend that you decide on the steps to be taken

 Here it says “Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption should consider Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, MP, while he was Minister of Finance, derived a substantial benefit and if so, determine whether appropriate action should be taken”. It does not say to file a case against me.

Therefore this conspiracy is now clear to all of you. Where does it say that a case should be filed against me for bribery and fraud? These are planned political conspiracies. In fact they are reprehensible conspiracies. In fact it is an attempt to politically assisinate my character.

The next matter is even more dangerous

The next matter is in fact more serious and dangerous. I will now read out the recommendation number 25 on page 922. Please draw your attention to that page.

“As stated earlier in Chapter 24, we also recommend that, the Hon. Attorney General and other appropriate authorities consider whether some of the evidence given by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, MP before us is shown to have been incorrect and, if that is the case, whether Mr. Karunanayake should be prosecuted under Section 179 and/or Section 188 of the Penal Code or other relevant provision of the Law, read with Section 9 of the Commissions of Inquiry Act No. 17 of 1948”

 Does not say to file for legal action

Here the commission has merely says “the Attorney General and other appropriate authorities consider whether some of the evidence given by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, MP before us is shown to have been incorrect and, if that is the case, whether Mr. Karunanayake should be prosecuted”.

It does not ask for a case to be filed. This is a conspiracy that goes even beyond.

In the statement written for he President it says legal action should be taken against me for giving false evidence to the commission. However the report does not say I have given flase evidence. It recommends that the Attorney General and other authorities should consider if the evidence given by me appears to be false and if so then it should be decided if legal action should be taken against me.

In the end the only relevant issue related to me is the Rs. 11 Million borrowed by my daughter in order to make a rental payment for her company which was later repaid.

I will now resolve this issue before the house as well.

I now bring page 827 of Chapter 24 in the report to your attention.

Page 827 says Mr. Karunanayake did not produce any evidence to show that any reimbursements had taken place by my family to Walt and Row Associates (Pvt) Ltd. That is repayment of the money cannot be proved.

Receipts showed were not looked at

                                         However according to page 832 in my answer I have said “I got the                                                   receipt here that the reimbursement has taken place” as shown                                                       by the  report.

                                         While the presented the receipt on the day however no effort was                                                    taken to investigate further on it.

                                       While I am unable to say who this was not checked however it is unfair to level allegations against me after failing to look in to the receipt even after it was presented to the commission.

                                      I am not able to say what sort of Presidential Commission this is. But if this is how they operate I must say that I have been prejudiced against even after providing receipts for a a reimbursed payment done by my daughter.

 Conspiracy to arrest me

 Honorable speaker

A major mudslinging campaign is being carried out stating that I have false evidence before the commission while various news on websites say certain officers in the President’s office are adivincing that attempts should be made to arrest me.

If as claimed I provided false evidence then under Section 10 of the COMMISSION OF INQUIRIES ACT the commissioners could have acted against me immediately. If I infact lied then officers of the Attorney General’s department who questioned me had no reason to keep quiet regarding it. The commission could have punished and taken action against me.

I can recall that certain MP’s gave false evidence before the commission and later apologized for it. However how can it be understood as to why allegations against me are being allowed now after not taking any action in the past five months. Therefore I once again stress that this is nothing but a cheap political conspiracy. But for whose want is it being carried out is the question?

Where is Anika’s testimony?

I am sure you remember that the Attorney General’s department complained to the commission that a relation of mine made death threats to a lady who had levelled allegations against me. This is a complete falsehood. The individual is not a relation of mine. But the media gave prominence to this news. Believing these lies the public gave in to the misconceptions about me and my family. This made a serious negative impact on my political life.

But no mention of this major incident which was important to the Attorney General’s department as proved by the media circus following it has been included in the report. This is yet another side of this political conspiracy.

The statement made by the owner of the property which all the allegations against me was based on was given widespread media publicity. This greatly affected my good name and reputation.

Creating a major media hype this lady was given VIP protection of the government as a result. Similarly protection was also given to her brother. But no such protection has been given to me, a person who made great sacrifices for good governance and is now suffering as a result.

But what surprises me is that the statement taken from this lady after providing all this protection has not been included in the commission report.

I have a question to raise in this instance. Was all the media circus created and security provided to obtain a useless evidential testimony? Or was public money utilized to fund security for this person to obtain evidence to merely sling mud at me?

This is a complete contradiction. A distortion. A conspiracy. In fact it has misled the public and society. We must destroy this sleazy political culture.

In a country where good governance is in place how did such false and distorted information find its way to the President’s statement through the intervention of the first citizen’s office? We must look in to this?

Did it occur due to an error in translation? Or through negligence? No matter how it occured it is clear that this has caused great disgrace and dishonour to the President. Despite reluctance to admit it this is the bitter truth.

Purposeful distortion of facts

Accordingly my opinion is that those who studied the report on behalf of the President and those who prepared the special statement by the President has purposely and cleverly distorted these facts purposely.

I do not stress on this fact according to a whim or guesswork. I bring up this fact with good reason.

I would also like to mention that these mentioned facts are not related to the issued mandate for which the Presidential Commission was appointed. However I was called in by the commission for the related investigations and as beneficiaries of the Yahapalana and Consensus government We fully supported this endeavour.

I even resigned from the post so that investigations of the commission will not be affected and also in order to establish a new political culture in the country. However even after that media campaigns were launched by this conspiracy to sling mud against me and to mislead the public.

What are the falsehoods uttered by me?

However now I would like to know what these falsehoods that were allegedly uttered by me. It is my right to know this.

Honorable Speaker,

On the face of it there are serious contradictions between the commission report and the statement made by the President based on this. I have been made a politically targeted in some instances and it clearly appears to be schemic in character as well. Such commissions, through these actions, lose its credibility and dignity while also losing face before the general public.

How were past bond issues disregarded?

In fact first the bond issues between 2008 - 2015 should have been investigated. If so the current political situation would have become vastly different. But a political decision was made to first investigate the bond issue between 2015 - 2016.

We have done no wrong so we bravely faced the commission. But your focus should be brought to one particular fact. That is the fact that committees were also previously appointed to look in to this incident.

  1. Firstly the Prime Minister appointed the Pitipana commission
  2. Thereafter the COPE committee under D.E.W Gunasekara investigated the details regarding this.
  3. Again this was examined by the Supreme Court.
  4. Later it was also examined by the Bribery and Fraud Commission.
  5. Thereafter, an inquiry was also held by COPE COMMITTEE led by Sunil Handunneththi regarding the bond issue.

I was dragged in to this

Honourable speaker, ගරු කථානායකතුමනි,

The above mentioned committees and organizations in many ways investigated in to this incident. However none of them made no mention of me. This is because the subject matter of the investigation was not under the control of my Ministry. This is a clear fact.

But the Presidential Commission dragged my name in to the bond issue deal.

Not only did they do that they even dragged the members of my family in to this issue. The officers of the Attorney General’s department even asked private questions which are not usually not asked in such an inquiry. These actions of the officers of the Attorney General’s department in turn became a media circus against me.

However what are the final recommendations made by the commission relating to me? If I am correct is only says to take necessary action after evaluating the information given by me. But in the statement written for the President it says legal action by way of a case should be taken against me.

Honourable Speaker,

I would like to ask if me, my family and the United National Party were presented as sinners and stoned to this end?

Was I painted as a sinner, made to bear a cross and taken to the Calvary mountain by a media circus to finally be told this?

Kekille Judgement

But Honorable Speaker,

But what is happening now? Not only I, who had no connection to this incident was tied to it through this special statement I have once against been connected to this issue despite the confirmation that there was no wrong doing on my part.

In short I can only say that I have been delivered King Kekille’s type of a verdict as a result.

Honorable Speaker,

However one thing is clear. It shows that those who planned this conspiracy were not able to enter their wants and purposes to this report. In fact the plans and hopes of those attempting to attack the consensus good governance government are now in crisis due

While this is the case however the mudslinging continues due to these cheap political tactics.

The target of the conspiracy is not Ravi!

Once again I say, this conspiracy is not one aimed at Ravi Karunanayake.

There is more to this, this is why they took a huge risk by distorting the President’s statement to publicize their agenda. If not how did they have the courage to risk the reputation of the President.

This shows someones dire need to politically assassinate my character. It continues to happen today.

Meanwhile the parties have also mislead the public by spreading fallacies regarding the issue. These are all done for political gain and sling mud at me as proved before the commission.

The good governance government was formed against the mass scale corruption and frauds in the recent past. However no formal action has been taken following investigations in to these. Therefore in this situation I thoroughly condemn the selected attacks on those connected to the UNP being.

What is this anger against the UNP? This is where the conspiracy is. This is their intention. And they continue to struggle to achieve this.

I ask of you today, What can be said about Ravi Karunanayake today? The commission recommendations are crystal clear.

However how many investigations as promised prior to January 8, 2015 are yet to commence and continue to be unclear.

  •  The loss due to Sri Lanka due to the Hejin deal Rs. Million 96000
  • Srilankan Airlines loss amounting to Rs. Million 146000
  • Mihin Lanka loss amounting to Rs. Million 12300
  • Greek Bond loss Rs. Million 3900
  • Cost to construct Mattala Airport Rs. Million 46000
  • Cost to construct the Nelum Kuluna Rs. Million 7600
  • Cost to construct the Defence Headquarters Rs. Million 64000
  • Cost to construct the Hambantota Port Rs. Million 130000
  • The MIG deal Rs. Million 85000
  • Pyramid transaction loss Rs. Million 11800

Commission reports gathering dust

Also it must be noted that there are 34 interim reports of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate Serious Fraud Fraud. If not for political reasons then why are no steps being taken in this regard?

Honorable Speaker,

In the past Presidential election and the General election we made a promise to the people. We assured that we will investigate and punished those involved in corruption during the past government. We promised that we will not be corrupt if we come to power. We said we would bring in new and more stringent laws to stop corruption and fraud.

Our government has largely commenced in to looking in to corruption and frauds of the previous government while also appointing presidential commission to look in to alleged frauds taken place during the rule of our current government. If our government in fact wanted to steal then we would not have handed over the COPE committee presidency to the opposition. We are currently working towards formulating laws to stop any future corruption and frauds.

Honourable Speaker,

The politicians of this country has the bad habit of going after the President or the party leader when they are accused of any wrongdoing in a bid to save themselves. This happened during the Rajapaksa era as well.

 Today how many politicians continue to hide behind his excellency the President and without having cases being filed despite charges of corruption levelled against them. How many in the SLFP have been left without any legal action being taken against them? How many in the Joint How many cases have disappeared due to the so called lack of evidence?

 Therefore I have one message to those who are not doing what they promised but are attempting to better themselves by latching on to us. Ravi Karunananayke does not hide and attempt to save him self. I do not work according to that theory. We do not challenge the country’s courts and social justice through such cheap political moves. We will not do for in the future also as only those who have committed a wrong should hide.

 Just look at most those who appear to take the moral high ground but are in fact compulsive liars and the speeches made by them prior to January 8, 2015 while on Rajapaksa’s campaign stage. Look at the statements being made by these same individuals today. These seemingly genuine characters are full of words but do not act accordingly.

How Chinchimanawikawa came with a tied bundle of wood

Honorable Speaker,

It is however not unsurprising that these should happen to a ordinary mortal such as myself. This is happened to the Lord Buddha as well. In the past a woman of ill repute such as the Chinchimanawikawas was sent with a tied bundle of wood before the Lord Buddha. But however God Sakra let the bundle loose to prove the Buddha’s innocence.

The story of the Bond Commission is therefore one of beauty. They are saying to check if this bundle of wood let loose, right before one's eyes is in fact a baby. And says if the bundle of wood is a baby then to hand it over to the father. Given the opportunity there are today's Chinchimanawika’s who are trying to continue their game in attempting to topple this government.

Sinners who threw stones at Sirikotha

Is this a joke? Many individuals and parties tried to destroy the UNP at various junctures. Attempts to destroy the party with guns, bombs and conspiracies were not successful. It will not be successful today or even tomorrow. We will not allow for this. Our supporters know we will not allow the sinners who divided the party while hurling stones at Sirikotha to destroy this party. If attempts are being made by these pawns to destroy this strong party the UNP knows how to respond to this. It appears that certain pawns have forgotten how the party strongly responded to those who attempted the same during the Rajapaksa era.

Honorable Speaker,

As politicians we should be prepared to face any condemnations and allegations thrown at us. We should be strong enough for this. But however malicious statements bringing pain to children, wives and family members who are not connected to politics are not acceptable by the civil society.

These mudslinging campaigns greatly shocked and upset my daughters. Who will pay for all the pain and tears of these children? However I must thank my wife and children for giving me the strength to stand tall even while suffering due to these insults.

I must also extend my gratitude to the leader of our party for his endless support, and to our supporters and colleagues in the parliament. I would also like to thank my well wishers who loves and wishes to protect this good governance government while also thanking them for the hundreds of calls to encourage me.

I would also like to thank those on social media and websites who eventually understood the truth regarding this.

Thank you : Let us see on the 10th!

Therefore Honorable Speaker,

With great respect I urge to you bring your kind attention to the fact raised by me and to protect by privileges accordingly.

The UNP has also been greatly affected due to this conspiracy being carried out during the election season by targeting me and the United National Party in general.

On February 10 I am sure that our supporters and well wishers along with the activists who worked to bring about a political change on January 8, 2015 will give these conspirators the correct response. The victory of the United National Party is assured.

Finally I would like to end this statement by thanking his excellency the President who appointed the Presidential commission to look in to the bond issue after the forming of the good governance government and for through its final report for absolving and releasing the UNP, the Prime Minister and especially myself from all allegations levelled against us.

 

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Bond Commission statements contradicting! - Ravi to be cleared?

A prominent social researcher Vijitha Nanayakkara says the bond commission report is political in nature while the statements made by the President in this regard is contradictory.

Nanayakkara made these comments when questioned by ISIS news.

He says while the report claims it had no time to investigate in to bond issues prior to 2015 however he points out that the President’s claim that the 2015 bond issue incurred a larger loss than bond issues between 2008 - 2015 is therefore questionable.

The commission was granted permission to investigate in to bond issues between February 1 - March 31, 2015.

The President said the commission had not enquired in to bond issues between 2008 - 2015 however claimed that funds of the EPF were misused the most during that time frame.

 Mahendra in the wrong but the PM absolved?

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 Former governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran has got involved in the bond auction in a undua manner and is guilty of providing insider information to outside parties the President said in his statement.

However giving evidence at the commision Mahendran had stated he worked according to the bidding of the Prime Minister.

Therefore commenting further Nanayakkara questioned as to how the report made Mahendran a wrongdoer and absolved the PM who is said to have advised him according to Mahendran.

raviRavi absolved and released?

He also claims that naming Former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake who is not directly responsible for the Central Bank and others who are accused as another accused is also confusing.

Therefore he says the report has absolved and released Karunanayake from any involvement.

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Conspiracy to topple government using Bond report - Intelligence services reveal!

A conspiracy to topple the consensus government using the report of the Presidential Bond commission has been revealed to the internal intelligence services.

As reported the step by step elaborate plan to bring an end to the government was launched from the time reports of the bond scam started coming in.

Ravi, the first victim

Accordingly, the first step of the conspiracy had been to create a rift between the two main parties of the consensus government, the Sri ravi karuna 720x340Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP). In order to create that rift, the conspirators had carried out a large-scale media campaign spreading the theory that former Minister of Finance, Ravi Karunanayake is responsible for the bond issue.

Media campaign against the PM

According to sources while the original target of the conspirators had been Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe initially they had decided to take down Ravi Karunanayake. The conspirators had assumed the PM would be the next Minister of Finance then going on to target him through a media propaganda campaign.

Pitting Ranil vs Maithri

Intelligence reports show that the conspirators had wanted to pit the PM against the President thereby causing a rift between them and distorting the Special statement made by the President regarding the Bond commission report was the last step of the plan hatched by them.

All written evidence in this regard has been obtained by us and isis.lk disclosure of the conspiracy follows :

Who advised to give an urgent special statement?

The report compiled by the Presidential Commission to investigate the bond issue in question was handed over to the President on December 30.

Afterwards, an announcement was made that the President would make a special statement regarding the report which was eventually then made on January 3. Following this statement, political parties and civil society activists created a social opinion that the bond commission report as well as 34 Interim Reports of the Presidential Commission to Investigate Fraud and Corruption should be tabled in parliament.

The Speaker then requested from the Secretary to the President to then present the reports to the parliament following requests made to the Speaker by political parties represented in the parliament.

Responding to the request, the Presidential Secretariat had informed that the relevant reports will be presented to the House on January 17. Accordingly, the reports were presented to the parliament by the Presidential Secretariat on Wednesday (17).

By this time media had already reported that the report containing the recommendations of the bond commission has been handed over to the Attorney General and the Central Bank. Meanwhile, Former Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake claimed that he too has received a copy of the report and that the report proves he had no connection to the Bond scam.

 Attempts to sabotage parliamentary sessions

However, after the announcement of the bond report containing the recommendations is to be presented to the parliament, intelligence services reported of attempts to sabotage the parliamentary sittings on the day and thereafter with the Speaker’s office also issuing a statement in this regard.

While the intelligence services revealed a conspiracy to topple the government using the bond report, it also revealed a connection between attempts to sabotage parliamentary sittings and the alleged plot to topple the government. As a result, the conspirators had wanted to prevent the reports being presented to the parliament.

The conspirators use the President's special statement

Investigating into the conspiracy to topple the government, intelligence services have revealed that the statement made by the President in this regard and the information in the bond report has serious disparities and contradictions. According to intelligence reports, serious distortions have taken place especially between the parts of the President’s statement regarding MP Ravi Karunanayake’s involvement and information regarding him in the commission report.

Who deliberately distorted the president's statement?

The comments made regarding Ravi Karunanayake on the English translation of the special statement made by the President is as follows:

"The report mentions the responsibility of Former Minister Ravi Karunanayake regarding the rent payments for a penthouse apartment by the Walt and Row company owned and controlled by the Aloysius family. The report states that a legal case should be filed against him under the Bribery Act as well as under the Penal Code for giving false statements to the Commission."

001However, the report presented to the parliament recommendations mentions the following :

002

 The non-distorted translation of the section in the commission report should be as follows.

 24] As stated earlier in chapter 24 we recommend that the commission to investigate allegations of bribery or corruption should consider whether Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, MP while he was Minister of Finance derived a substantial benefit from the lease payments made by Walt and Row Associates (Pvt) Ltd (Which is an associate company of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. and which is owned and controlled by the same persons who own and control Perpetual Treasuries Ltd.) for the lease of apartment occupied by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake MP and his family, and if so determine whether appropriate action should be taken against Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, MP under the Bribery Act.

 25] As stated earlier in Chapter 24 we also recommend that the Hon. Attorney General and other appropriate authorities consider whether some of the evidence given by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake MP, before us is shown to have been incorrect and if that is the case whether Mr Karunanayake should be prosecuted under Section 179 and/or Section 188 of the Penal Code or other relevant provisions of the law read with Section 9 of the Commissions of Inquiry Act. No. 17 of 1948.

Who converted ‘recommendations’ to ‘court cases’?

According to intelligence reports in the statement made by the President the comments regarding the commission recommendations regarding Ravi Karunanayake have been distorted.

In fact, despite President’s statement saying the commission has recommended that action should be filed against Ravi Karunanayake regarding Walt and Row paying rent for the penthouse however, a commission report says something different, sources point out.

Accordingly, the commission has merely recommended that the Bribery commission should look into if the former Minister of Finance derived a substantial benefit from the lease payments made by Walt and Row Associates (Pvt) Ltd for the lease of the apartment occupied by the Minister and his family. It also mentions that the commission then should determine whether appropriate action should be taken against Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, MP under the Bribery Act.

Intelligence reports state that the President's speech made in Sinhala has been intentionally distorted and there can be no possibility of such a mistake to be made in the translation of a President's statement.

Serious disparities between President’s English and Sinhala speech manuscripts

Meanwhile, intelligence services have revealed that the President’s English and Sinhala speech manuscripts have serious discrepancies as well.

Especially the Sinhala and English translations of the special statement made by the President put up on the Presidential Secretariat website have shown inconsistencies in the text intelligence services have pointed out adding that distortions here appear in comments made regarding Ravi Karunanayake in particular as well.

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Accordingly, the Sinhala translation correctly states that rent paid by Walt and Row Company owned by Aloysius and his family for a penthouse apartment, however, the English translation says the penthouse apartment is owned by the Aloysius family and Walt & Row Company.

 The translation has caused serious embarrassment to the President as the commission report clearly states the apartment is owned by Anika Wijesuriya.

 The reputation of the President at risk

 According to intelligence information revealed, the conspirators of the plan to topple the government had intended to discredit the commission report to achieve their target.

They say if not, distortions between a statement made by the Head of State which is of diplomatic value and the Bond commission report recommendations could not have occurred.

As shown by intelligence services even after the bond commission was issued the President’s statement was used to blame Ravi for the scam despite the commission report invalidating those claims.

Intelligence also claims that there is no evidence in the report to suggest that Ravi Karunanayake or the Ministry of Finance had made direct orders to the Central Bank or three state banks in this regard.

 Aspersions cast against the President

However, as a result, a rift seems to have developed between the President and the PM as well as the SLFP and the UNP based on the report and the distorted statement of the President.

Legal experts claimed they were shocked to find the President giving a statement on the Commission report, which had over 1000 pages of content, in a mere 3 days after receiving it.

They also said that risking the reputation of a state leader in this manner is, in fact, harmful to his character.

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No LG polls for Muzammil: UNP in crisis!

 The decision to not allow the former mayor of Colombo A.J.M Muzammil to contest in the upcoming polls has caused a crisis within the UNP. According to sources, Muzammil had requested to compete against SLFP’s Azad Sally prior to the handing over of nominations. However, his request had been turned down due to the pressure of certain individuals within the party which is said to be creating a crisis within the party now according to Sirikotha sources.

 He had guaranteed that he would leave the post of High Commissioner to Malaysia and if he wins he would not seek for the position of Mayor.

 While Colombo District leader Ravi Karunanayake, President of the part Malik Samarawickrama and Secretary Kabir Hashim had agreed to the proposal it was later withdrawn due to serious opposition to it.

 According to sources, the issue has caused a great upset among a group of Muslim UNP stalwarts.

 It has also become a serious political issue of contention as under the new electoral system forming UNP local governments have become a concern for the party.

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'Establishing of local government institutions to become a problem”

'According to Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka establishing local governments will become a serious issue under current circumstances.

 The upcoming election will decide the fate of many major political parties he said adding that this will be caused by the new electoral system. The Minister has predicted that therefore many parties will have to join hands to establish the local governments as a result.

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Attempt to pit Mangala against the President and PM?

Chief strategist of the flower bud party, former Minister Basil Rajapaksa has instructed his media network to launch a mass media campaign this week targeting Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

Basil Rajapaksa has advised his media network to rile Buddhist monks and ‘national forces’ and get statements from them with regard to the recent amendments made on liquor by the Ministry of Finance and Media. He has instructed them to use these monks and ‘national forces’ to put pressure on the government to revoke the gazette notification on liquor and thereby create a rift between the President and the Minister of Finance.

At the same time, Basil Rajapaksa has informed his media network to create a rift between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Minister Mangala Samaraweera. Basil has instructed his team to concoct stories that suggest Minister Samaraweera would move to become the next Prime Minister by taking advantage of a possible no-confidence motion brought by the Joint Opposition against the Premier Wickremesinghe.

Namal’s network gets involved!

Several former members of the ‘Tharunyata Hetak’ organization that operated under Namal Rajapaksa in the past have also been used by news 31 Namal Rajap 687835aBasil Rajapaksa for this media campaign.

It is reported that some of these members are now heads of government media institutions providing an undue advantage to Basil Rajapaksa’s campaign.

The most efficient and effective social media operation in the current political landscape is run by Basil Rajapaksa. He has also managed to get the support of a group of social media activists that operated against the Rajapaksas’ during the last presidential and general elections.

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‘Flower Buds campaign in havoc ’ “ Basil and Chichi at loggerheads

Insider sources of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna claim the election campaign of the party is now in turmoil due to internal conflicts.

According to sources, Mahinda Rajapaksa is said to have rejected all the campaign material produced by a group of Basil Rajapaksa’s while handing over the campaign and related propaganda to his youngest son Rohitha Rajapaksa.

As a result, Basil is said to have removed himself from the promotional campaign. Sources say Rohitha has handed over the task to his close friend Jagana Krishnakumar.

A reason for defeat at the Presidential Election

However, sources say Wimal Weerawansa is of the opinion that handing over the presidential promotional campaign to his son’s from Dilith Jayaweera was one reason for Mahinda Rajapaksa’s defeat in the previous presidential election.

Following pictures feature several belonging to Rohitha Rajapaksa’s election campaign group. Jagan Krishnakumar is at the centre of the picture showing MP Mahinda Rajapaksa and two youth.

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UNP upset over President's alleged ‘behaviour’

The UNP leaders are said to be upset over the manner the President is conducting himself these days sources from ‘Sirikotha’ claim.

According to sources party stalwarts have complained to Premier Ranil Wickramasinghe that the President is not acting as the leader of a coalition government but acting according to the private agenda.

The UNP Ministers and MP’s have said the statement made by the President regarding the bond commission report without presenting a copy of it to the PM as a political move aimed at the upcoming local government polls. They are also said to have voiced their concerns regarding the Presidents enquiry from the Supreme Court if he can continue as the President till 2021. These doubts were expressed as the President had not informed the UNP party leadership of sending in such a letter to the courts.

 President and PM distant?

As the relationship between the UNP and SLFP has become distant party members are now levelling accusations against each other during election propaganda meetings creating a further rift between the two.

However the PM is said to still have full confidence in the President and the SLFP Ministers sources say. With the UNP ensuring the President’s win he is said to believe that Sirisena will not break the trust placed on him and the party.

 sri lanka2“The President and I, are committed to creating a new political culture"

 Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who made a special statement yesterday (10) in parliament, reiterated that the president is still committed to creating a new political culture in the country.

 "As I always reiterate that, the President and myself are committed to creating a new political culture” he said.

Further the PM said that this is a new experience to many and therefore mistakes should be rectified and move forward

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Wanted by the US: Who is the Russian Cyber Criminal that escaped from Sri Lanka?

With a USD 3 million bounty set on his head by the FBI, did Russian cybercriminal Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev pose as one Farin Manokin?

 Did he escape by boat just months after being released on bail?

 Or did he flee in a private jet owned by the owner of Rosoboronexport?

 Who provided him security up to the Katunayake airport and dispatched him safely from Sri Lanka?

 Did the US embassy request his extradition from the Sri Lankan government after concealing his true identity?

The issue is one of utmost seriousness while bringing into question the safety of Sri Lanka and power of diplomatic services within the country. Therefore it is important to further investigate the main issues believed to be related to this incident.

While the information is not being made public for the benefit of any party, it is now being publicized in public interest as the country is now facing some unique challenges as a result of the current situation.

A Russian Black Money Racketeer!

Earlier this year newspapers reported the arrest of a Russian black money racketeer by the Weligama Police while it was later reported that he was released on bail.

Identified according to reports as Fareen Manokin which claimed that he had escaped from the country a few days ago. While it can be assumed that the reported details had been sourced from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) however many details remain vague including the time frame of events. Though the arrest was reported as have taken place in March it could even be several months later.

 Undue influence from Embassies

However, the news of the Russian’s arrest spread like wildfire through the diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka with some even pressurising the Sri Lankan government to hand over him to them.

This arrest, in fact, caused unrest at the Russian Consulate and among other embassies as well. State-owned Daily News published a report on Saturday published the aim of the US embassy in this regard.

Therefore, in this matter, it is necessary to understand the connection between the information presented and the possible relationship between them, which may be vague at times to investigate the current situation of the country.

Waiting for the opportune moment

The man arrested in Weligama on a Friday is released the following Monday on bail with former Chairman of the Board of Investments Upul Jayasuriya and another senior officer representing him.

However, attempts to elicit a response from Upul Jayasuriya in this regard failed.

While gaining bail at the High Court, the man is able to avoid the courts and other government agencies in a systematic manner while taking refuge at a private hospital and a house for several weeks.

Working under orders to keep a low profile till an escape is arranged he is said to have waited until the opportune moment.

Did the US seek extradition?

Meanwhile it is said finding out information regarding the man the US Embassy had requested him to handed over to them according to the extradition treaty between the two countries.

Reliable sources say the US embassy had on several occasions requested for the man to be handed over to them as he is wanted for a large number of crimes committed on US soil.

According to sources Head of the Russian Intelligence service Lieutenant General Igor Korobov is said to have a close relationship with Russian cyber criminals.

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The escaped criminal features in the FBI’s most wanted list and sources say this had been conveyed to certain local officials.

However, according to sources from the Sri Lanka Police, no such information was given and was only told that he was connected to several murders committed in the US.

Attempts to disrupt US elections

But additionally a fact revealed by US embassy could have been used to deduce the real identity of the suspect.

That is this individual had worked towards disrupting the US Presidential election held in November 2016.

However criminal investigation organizations in Sri Lanka and political leaders had not taken much notice of this piece of information.

But it could also be that the embassy had failed to disclose all information about the individual while only revealing certain information about the person. If the person had, in fact, being involved in several murders in the US as claimed information regarding the person should be found on the internet.

FBI Information

However, an internet search of the name mentioned in his passport only reveals information on how he was arrested in Sri Lanka and his eventual escape. That is only the information reported in the Daily News and similar information.

This could only mean that the US embassy or the FBI had concealed information about the individual for reasons best known to them.

If he is, in fact, a suspect and a computer expert who is said to have attempted to disrupt the US elections it is obvious that he is no common criminal. This is further proved by the US seeking for his extradition and the officers of the Russian Consulate directly trying to protect him.

Local responsible persons not aware

According to information revealed responsible persons in Sri Lanka were not aware of the real identity of this Russian national. The initial investigations had been conducted based on the information on his passport, law enforcement had strongly believed this information to be true.

However if the officials had in fact obtained his fingerprints and other biological evidence for future use despite his escape should be commended.

But as mentioned above it is clear that the individual was important due to the keen interest shown by the the US embassy and the FBI.

Serious situation

Diplomatic and government sources allowing this individual to avoid the legal course of action while also allowing for him to escape has created a serious situation.

How did this happen? Who are the stakeholders involved? What was the main reason for such interference? Are just some of the issues that have now surfaced due to this situation.

According to one source a powerful political force have attempted to control the event following the Russian nationals arrest.

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev

Reliable sources claim that the former secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a Senior DIG attached to the CID was brought in to gain further information where they were later asked to ‘avoid upsetting the Russians’.

Events take a different turn after this request with his escape is organized with the blessing of the state. While the US embassy in Colombo attempted to prevent this, all their efforts were to no avail.

As a result he successfully escapes from the country with two possibilities for this escape now being presented by sources.

 Escaped by a sea route?

According to one source the criminal had escaped by boat in the beginning of December while another claims he escaped through the airport under state protection. That is he had left in the private jet belonging to the owner of Rosoboronexport who visits the country which is the only agent for Russian state and security trade.

If he had in fact escaped by boat questions arise as to how he was able to escape from the Sri Lanka Navy while sources also point out that to leave by private jet he would have had top political support from Sri Lanka.

It is important to note that if he had left by the private jet belonging to one of the most powerful head of a leading armament company then he should be having top connections to the Russian government.

However there are several important facts that one can arrive at about the person in terms of the already confirmed information as well as rumored sources.

 According to the top ten of the FBI's most wanted list currently there are four russian nationals identified as Alexei Belen, Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev, Igor Anatolyevich Sushchin and Evgeny Mikhailovich Bogachev. Lengthy details of these criminals can be found in FBI files.

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The man arrested in Weligama is said to be a black money launderer who is also suspected to be a Russian hacker involved in the US election hacking scandal. According to this information the man appears to closely resemble the character of Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev.

 USD 3 million bounty

If the man arrested was in fact Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev it is unsurprising that the US wanted him to be handed over with him being in the FBI most wanted list and having a bounty of USD 3 million on his head.

According to sources the 34 year old Bogachev is a computer specialist who works unofficially for the Russian government.

A dangerous hacker!

He is also known as a dangerous hacker who invented a virus enabling him to take control of over a million computers from all over the world.

In 2011 the FBI began an investigation in to a virus named ‘Zeus Trojan’ or ‘Game Over Trojan’ and its effects as it affected over a million computers causing a financial loss of over USD 100 million.

Computers, particularly in the western province in Sri Lanka was also found to be infected with the virus during the outbreak.

Therefore if he was Bogachev the Russians have good reason to ensure his escape. The main reason for this is as he is considered a valuable asset as opposed to a liability.

Fake Photograph

Meanwhile a popular website in Sri Lanka has published a photograph said to be of the man arrested. However it has been discovered that this photograph is fake and is originally from a website called 123rf.com which sells photographs.

Therefore Sri Lanka is not in possession of any photographic proof of the person's identity and unofficial sources claim the proof in possession of our authorities have now disappeared. Visit this link to see the fake photograph being used.

 Escape by Private Jet

However it is also questionable if a person hiding out in a expensive private hospital would in fact escape in a boat.

 Wanted by the US: Who is the Russian Cyber Criminal that escaped from Sri Lanka?

 With a USD 3 million bounty set on his head by the FBI, did Russian cybercriminal Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev pose as one Farin Manokin?

 Did he escape by boat just months after being released on bail?

 Or did he flee in a private jet owned by the owner of Rosoboronexport?

 Who provided him security up to the Katunayake airport and dispatched him safely from Sri Lanka?

 Did the US embassy request his extradition from the Sri Lankan government after concealing his true identity?

 The issue is one of utmost seriousness while bringing into question the safety of Sri Lanka and power of diplomatic services within the country. Therefore it is important to further investigate the main issues believed to be related to this incident.

While the information is not being made public for the benefit of any party, it is now being publicized in public interest as the country is now facing some unique challenges as a result of the current situation.

A Russian Black Money Racketeer!

Earlier this year newspapers reported the arrest of a Russian black money racketeer by the Weligama Police while it was later reported that he was released on bail.

Identified according to reports as Fareen Manokin which claimed that he had escaped from the country a few days ago. While it can be assumed that the reported details had been sourced from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) however many details remain vague including the time frame of events. Though the arrest was reported as have taken place in March it could even be several months later.

Undue influence from Embassies

However, the news of the Russian’s arrest spread like wildfire through the diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka with some even pressurising the Sri Lankan government to hand over him to them.

This arrest, in fact, caused unrest at the Russian Consulate and among other embassies as well. State-owned Daily News published a report on Saturday published the aim of the US embassy in this regard.

Therefore, in this matter, it is necessary to understand the connection between the information presented and the possible relationship between them, which may be vague at times to investigate the current situation of the country.

 Waiting for the opportune moment

The man arrested in Weligama on a Friday is released the following Monday on bail with former Chairman of the Board of Investments Upul Jayasuriya and another senior officer representing him.

However, attempts to elicit a response from Upul Jayasuriya in this regard failed.

While gaining bail at the High Court, the man is able to avoid the courts and other government agencies in a systematic manner while taking refuge at a private hospital and a house for several weeks.

Working under orders to keep a low profile till an escape is arranged he is said to have waited until the opportune moment.

Did the US seek extradition?

Meanwhile it is said finding out information regarding the man the US Embassy had requested him to handed over to them according to the extradition treaty between the two countries.

Reliable sources say the US embassy had on several occasions requested for the man to be handed over to them as he is wanted for a large number of crimes committed on US soil.

According to sources Head of the Russian Intelligence service Lieutenant General Igor Korobov is said to have a close relationship with Russian cyber criminals.

The escaped criminal features in the FBI’s most wanted list and sources say this had been conveyed to certain local officials.

However, according to sources from the Sri Lanka Police, no such information was given and was only told that he was connected to several murders committed in the US.

Attempts to disrupt US elections

But additionally a fact revealed by US embassy could have been used to deduce the real identity of the suspect.

That is this individual had worked towards disrupting the US Presidential election held in November 2016.

However criminal investigation organizations in Sri Lanka and political leaders had not taken much notice of this piece of information.

But it could also be that the embassy had failed to disclose all information about the individual while only revealing certain information about the person. If the person had, in fact, being involved in several murders in the US as claimed information regarding the person should be found on the internet.

FBI Information

However, an internet search of the name mentioned in his passport only reveals information on how he was arrested in Sri Lanka and his eventual escape. That is only the information reported in the Daily News and similar information.

This could only mean that the US embassy or the FBI had concealed information about the individual for reasons best known to them.

If he is, in fact, a suspect and a computer expert who is said to have attempted to disrupt the US elections it is obvious that he is no common criminal. This is further proved by the US seeking for his extradition and the officers of the Russian Consulate directly trying to protect him.

Local responsible persons not aware

According to information revealed responsible persons in Sri Lanka were not aware of the real identity of this Russian national. The initial investigations had been conducted based on the information on his passport, law enforcement had strongly believed this information to be true.

However if the officials had in fact obtained his fingerprints and other biological evidence for future use despite his escape should be commended.

But as mentioned above it is clear that the individual was important due to the keen interest shown by the the US embassy and the FBI.

Serious situation

Diplomatic and government sources allowing this individual to avoid the legal course of action while also allowing for him to escape has created a serious situation.

How did this happen? Who are the stakeholders involved? What was the main reason for such interference? Are just some of the issues that have now surfaced due to this situation.

According to one source a powerful political force have attempted to control the event following the Russian nationals arrest.

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev

Reliable sources claim that the former secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a Senior DIG attached to the CID was brought in to gain further information where they were later asked to ‘avoid upsetting the Russians’.

4Events take a different turn after this request with his escape is organized with the blessing of the state. While the US embassy in Colombo attempted to prevent this, all their efforts were to no avail.

As a result he successfully escapes from the country with two possibilities for this escape now being presented by sources.

Escaped by a sea route?

According to one source the criminal had escaped by boat in the beginning of December while another claims he escaped through the airport under state protection. That is he had left in the private jet belonging to the owner of Rosoboronexport who visits the country which is the only agent for Russian state and security trade.

If he had in fact escaped by boat questions arise as to how he was able to escape from the Sri Lanka Navy while sources also point out that to leave by private jet he would have had top political support from Sri Lanka.

It is important to note that if he had left by the private jet belonging to one of the most powerful head of a leading armament company then he should be having top connections to the Russian government.

However there are several important facts that one can arrive at about the person in terms of the already confirmed information as well as rumored sources.

 According to the top ten of the FBI's most wanted list currently there are four russian nationals identified as Alexei Belen, Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev, Igor Anatolyevich Sushchin and Evgeny Mikhailovich Bogachev. Lengthy details of these criminals can be found in FBI files.

The man arrested in Weligama is said to be a black money launderer who is also suspected to be a Russian hacker involved in the US election hacking scandal. According to this information the man appears to closely resemble the character of Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev.

 USD 3 million bounty

If the man arrested was in fact Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev it is unsurprising that the US wanted him to be handed over with him being in the FBI most wanted list and having a bounty of USD 3 million on his head.

According to sources the 34 year old Bogachev is a computer specialist who works unofficially for the Russian government.

A dangerous hacker!

He is also known as a dangerous hacker who invented a virus enabling him to take control of over a million computers from all over the world.

In 2011 the FBI began an investigation in to a virus named ‘Zeus Trojan’ or ‘Game Over Trojan’ and its effects as it affected over a million computers causing a financial loss of over USD 100 million.

Computers, particularly in the western province in Sri Lanka was also found to be infected with the virus during the outbreak.

Therefore if he was Bogachev the Russians have good reason to ensure his escape. The main reason for this is as he is considered a valuable asset as opposed to a liability.

Fake Photograph

Meanwhile a popular website in Sri Lanka has published a photograph said to be of the man arrested. However it has been discovered that this photograph is fake and is originally from a website called 123rf.com which sells photographs.

Therefore Sri Lanka is not in possession of any photographic proof of the person's identity and unofficial sources claim the proof in possession of our authorities have now disappeared. Visit this link to see the fake photograph being used.

Escape by Private Jet

However it is also questionable if a person hiding out in a expensive private hospital would in fact escape by boat. Therefore it is unsurprising if he had escaped by the private jet of Rosoboronexport.

2In recent times there has been much political discussion regarding the Rosoboronexport company and the Russian government funding Sri Lanka has received through them while media has also pointed out its links to a private media organizations parent company in the recent past.

Katunayake Airport

However according to sources there is currently no proof to say he escaped via the Airport as being alleged. And that he was handed over to Russia due to his nationality they said adding that the news of his escape is a concocted lie.

However this situation also goes on to prove that Sri Lanka is now trapped between the Diplomatic tussles of other powerful countries and should focus on how they approach the issue as it is very important that correct decisions are taken to protect the country and its future security.

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Demanded by Party leaders, withheld by President Maithri; inside scoop on 34 PRECIFAC reports

The final report compiled the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into serious acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) during the Rajapaksa regime handed over the report containing 34 cases to President Maithripala Sirisena. However, only 5 of those cases have been referred to the Attorney General’s Department for further legal action.

Why aren't these cases forwarded to the Attorney General?

Civil Society activists have admonished the President for withholding these cases from being put forward to the AG’s Department for necessary legal action. They have pointed out that the President is in violation of ‘good governance’ principles by protecting the culprits named in the PRECIFAC report. They have called for the President to take immediate action to implement the recommendations put forward in the report.

The public's right to information

Civil society activists said that the relevant reports must be tabled in Parliament and made accessible to the general public as they have a right to receive information pertaining to the PRECIFAC report’s findings. The public’s belief in ‘good governance’ will only diminish in the absence of such an event, the activists said.

The Rajapaksa method

They further reiterated that the manipulation of politicians by withholding their nefarious and corrupt activities was the Rajapaksa method and that the forces behind the January 8 revolution was assembled to break away from such traditions.

According to the information received, only 5 cases have been referred to the Attorney General’s Department and they are listed below.

1. Inquiry into the Fisheries and Harbour Cooperation's Negombo Lagoon development project. Former Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara and 6 others are being investigated.

2. Inquiry into the Illegal activities perpetrated by authorities of the Mihiyangana Pradeshiya Sabha with regard to the lease of properties. Former Provincial Council Minister Anura Widanagamage among others have been noticed.

3. Inquiry into the corrupt activities of the General Manager of the Independent Television Network (ITN). Former Chairman of the ITN H. Anura Siriwardena and 5 others are being investigated.

4. Inquiry into the corrupt activities carried out at the Rakna Arakshaka Lanka LTD. Former director of Rakna Lanka Major General K.B. Egodawela is being investigated.

5. Inquiry into the financial corruption and fraud committed at the Chilaw Plantation LTD. Former Minister Jagath Pushpakumara and 9 others are among the noticed parties.

 Inquiries into 29 reports abruptly stopped

Apart from the 5 investigations mentioned before, the President is in possession of 29 other cases. It is reported that most of the respondents named in the 29 commission reports are loyalists from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

Details of the commission reports and noticed parties are listed below.

6. Inquiry into the illegal procurement of explosives at the Ministry of Defence. Former Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Damayanthi Jayarathna and 6 others have been included as noticed parties.

7. Inquiry into to the fraudulent and corrupt practices of the Former Chairman of the Ampara Urban Council and 6 others pertaining to the 'Dayata Kirula' exhibition held in Ampara.

8. Inquiry into the fraudulent and corrupt activities at the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agricultural Research and Training Institute. Former Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and 4 others are being investigated.

9. Corrupt activities at the Sri Lankan Airline's Catering division. Former Minister Priyankara Jayarathna and 4 others are being investigated.

10. Corrupt activities at Sri Lankan Airlines. Former Chairman of the Shipping Corporation Sanjaya Senerath and 4 others are being investigated.

11. Inquiry into the misappropriation of money, excessive recruitment, over-limit issue of fuel to the Private Secretary and other benefits given to various media personnel by the Former Chief Minister of the North Central Province, S.M. Ranjith.

12. Inquiry into the fraudulent activities at the Coconut Research Institute at Lunuwila. H.A. Jayanatha Gunethileka and 3 others are being further investigated.

13. Inquiry into the tender irregularity with regard to the procurement of water filters by the North-Central Provincial Council. H.A. Upul Susantha Wickramarathna and 14 others are being further investigated.

14. Inquiry into the opening of the Hamabanthota Harbour. Former Chairman of the Sri Lanka Port Authority, Priyath Bandu Wickramunige and 8 others are being investigated.

15. Inquiry on irregularities in awarding and pricing of road projects by the Road Development Authority (RDA). Former RDA Director R.M. Gamini and 5 others are being investigated.

16. Inquiry into the misuse of Sri Lanka Air force helicopters by Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa.

17. Inquiry into the misuse of properties belonging to the Nawalapitiya Railways Department. Former Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage and 4 others are being investigated.

18. Inquiry into the the purchase of Krisol soap for antiseptic use in hospitals without adhering to any tender procedure by the State Pharmaceutical Corporation resulting in loss of millions. Prof. Shanthilala Devapriya and 5 others are being investigated.

19. Inquiry into the corrupt activities of Bank of Ceylon. M.K.D. Bandusena and 6 others are being investigated.

20. Inquiry into the misuse of state assets of the National Housing Development Authority by former Minister Wimal Weerawansa.

21. Inquiry into the misuse of state funds allocated for development projects in Kandy. The funds were diverted for campaigning activities of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Former Chairman of the Upcountry Development Authority Amarananda Weerasinghe is being investigated.

22. Inquiry into the fraudulent activities at the Paranathan Chemical Co. Ltd., committed by its former Chairman, D.J. U. Purasinghe.

23. Inquiry into the fraudulent activities carried out at the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau in Digana. Gamini Kithsiri Amarawardena and 7 others are being investigated.

24. Inquiry into the fraudulent activities of former Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Authority, Rumee Marshook.

25. Inquiry into the fraudulent activities that have taken place at the Institute of Post- Harvest Technology. Chairman Jagath Jayawardena has been named as the respondent.

26. Inquiry into the fraudulent activities of Lanka Sathosa. Deputy General Manager of Sathosa, Asiri Fernando has been named as the respondent.

27. Inquiry into the fraudulent activities at the National Transport Commission. NTC officials Sherine Atukorale, Aloka Karunarathna and Beville Wanniarachi re being investigated.

28. Inquiry into the fraudulent and corrupt activities perpetrated by the former Chairman of the National Youth Council Piyum Perera.

29. Inquiry into the fraudulent activities of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation. Wimalasena Rubasinghe and 6 others are being investigated.

30. Inquiry into the fraudulent activities of Dr. Shiranthi Samarasinghe, Director of Health Services of Central Province.

31. Inquiry into the corrupt activities of the Ministry of Disaster Management. Former Secretary to the Ministry, S.M. Mohamed was named as the respondent.

32. Inquiry into the fraudulent activities committed by the Department of Archeology in the Eastern Province. D.M. Senarath Bandara and 6 others are being investigated.

33. Inquiry into the misuse of state resources and public funds of the Kankesanthurai Cement factory and the Ambilipitiya Paper Corporation. Former Secretary of the the Ministry of Enterprise Development Willie Gamage and Dishan Gunsena have been named as respondents.

34. Inquiry into the illegal activities and corrupt administration of Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva, Director of the Drug Regulatory Authority. Dr. Kulasiri Bandara Jayasinghe and 12 others are also being investigated.

 PRECIFAC reports

 

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Russian spy wanted by the US escapes from Sri Lanka!

A  man believed to be a Russian secret service officer who is wanted for an international crime is said to have escaped from Sri Lanka.

According to information received by ISIS news, the man has escaped at a time where the US government had requested the man be handed over to them.

Preparing to handover a Russian spy to the US will create a rift between the two countries according to former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga. He had mentioned this issue in a press release by him addressing the issue of tea exports being halted by the Russian counterparts.

However, this spy has already reached Russian according to information received by State intelligence services.

 
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NLB marketers attempt to flee leaving chaos in his wake

Appointed to the post without the required educational qualifications needed for such a position, the Chief Marketing Officer of the National Lotteries Board (NLB) Asantha Kalyananda is said to have created serious issues within the institution.

Marketer with an Agriculture Degree

Working on contract basis for the organization, however, sources say the Chief Marketing officer has a degree in Agriculture while not having any qualification regarding marketing and sales.

While providing the organization with a below par service, however, sources say he has managed to fill his coffers through the organization.

 Daylight robbery! - Govisetha seven days a week

According to sources Asantha is said to have prepared for the Govisetha lottery ticket to be drawn all seven days of the week while promoting it through a company called ‘Media Max’. He is accused of working to fill his coffers as according to reliable inside information, as he is set to join Media Max as an employee in January. Therefore despite Asantha remaining or leaving NLB, he is either way set to benefit from the deal.

Year end special lottery draw fraud

The Govisetha lottery being used for the 2017 year end special draw also goes on to prove the plans of Asantha. Despite the NLB usually using the lottery with the most sales for the special draw the ‘Mahajana Sampatha’ which sees the sale of around 2.7 million lottery sales according to NLB stats in 2017 the NLB used the ‘Govisetha’ lottery for the year end draw which only saw the sale of 700,000 ticket sales.

As a result the NLB was not able to gin the expected profit with many prizes for the draw were won by ticket purchasers.

Giving reason for this change Asantha is said to have told the organization that ‘Govisetha’ was chosen as from January 1, 2018 the lottery will be drawn on a daily basis adding that more people can be attracted to buy these tickets from such as move as the grand prize now stands at Rs. 60 Million. The grand prize which was earlier Rs. 40 Million has been increased without any consideration for sales stats sources say.

The genius of an Agriculture graduate

While handling a sales department with an education in agriculture can bring these dismal results, it is further evident through the difference of the sales figures of the year end grand draw.

Though done under the guise of marketing and sales on observation it is clear Asantha is conducting a different game altogether. With a lottery being drawn every day its promotional campaign costs rise as well in return the payment to the Promotional organization rise as well. Therefore employees such as Asantha are being sustained and filling up their coffers through underhand dealings with such Promotional companies.

While the NLB is to commence a special investigation in to the matter, Asantha is attempting to now flee the organization prior to the commencement of this.

Sources say he is therefore set to leave NLB in January 2018, after making neccesary arrangements for Media MAx to gain through the daily ‘Govisetha’ draws.

Deals with suspects of FCID investigations

Mad Max, once called Origin OEB has been given major promotional deals by Asantha. The company called Origin OEB during the Rajapaksa era was renamed after the Yahapalana government came in to power.

The Outdoor Advertising monopoly during the Rajapaksa era was given to Shamantha is now working with Media Max in a building owned by him.

It is questionable how people like Shamantha, a suspect of the FCID investigations in to the Digital Wall issue was being given projects and payments by the NLB.

Meanwhile sources also accuse Asantha of now creating an unwanted competition between two lotteries of the NLB through his actions.

 

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Good governance ruined by Ravi! Petition against E- Passport tender!

A Fundamental rights petition has been filed in the Supreme court against the handing over of the new e-passport supply contract to M/S De La Rue Lanka Currency and Security Print Ltd.

 Misled the Cabinet

 The petition has been filed by several local companies who claimed that the cabinet has been misled to give permission for the contract to be handed over to M/S De La Rue Lanka Currency and Security Print Ltd.

 40 percent shares

 According to information received by ISIS news the cabinet paper presented to hand over the contract to M/S De La Rue Lanka Currency and Security Print Ltd had mentioned a tender process is not needed as the 40 percent of the company's shares are owned by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka making it a state-affiliated company.

 However, according to the petitioners in spite of 40 percent of the shares being owned by the state De La Rue cannot be identified as a state-affiliated company. Petitioners have also claimed that to be a state-affiliated company the state should obtain either 50 percent or more shares of the business.

 Same Company but two definitions

To prove this premise the petitioners have pointed out that previously a supply contract to provide safety stickers for bottles of alcohol was not handed over to M/S De La Rue Lanka Currency and Security Print Ltd and instead given to an Indian company identified as Madras security printers without the consideration of the basis that De La Rue is a state-affiliated company.

They also expressed their confusion as to how the same company can be identified as state-affiliated during one deal but the fact ignored in a different deal.

The group had also questioned the transparency of the government's tender process and is harmful to the government's good name they said.

Further information received M/S De La Rue Lanka Currency and Security Print Ltd is said to be a British firm with the Central Bank being one of its shareholders. The company has also been enjoying the monopoly of printing currency in Sri Lanka for which tenders are not usually called.

While claiming the company pays salaries of 200 local staff and 40 percent owned by the Sri Lankan government, the company is said to rarely bid for tenders for supply contracts.

Losses despite shares

The company is also said to not have the opportunity to claim the winning bid with its bid is generally high. According to reports, the company had lost a bid to supply Rs. 1, 2, 5, and 10 coins due to this reason.

On investigation market sources said M/S De La Rue Lanka Currency and Security Print Ltd has not paid a significant amount for shares owned by the government with the company only paying in around 0.9 percent of its total revenue to the government.

These sources claimed the government also may have to pay higher prices for the supply of currency and e-passports in the future as a result.

Information revealed by us previously

The information revealed by isis.lk previously can be found by going to the link below.

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While the responsibility in issuing the passport lies with the Department of Immigration and Emigrations the subject comes under the Ministry of Internal affairs.

Ravi’s interference

However despite this the cabinet papers have been presented by Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, Harin Fernando.When investigations were made it was revealed that while initial steps to obtain the passports were made with the joint efforts of the Ministries of Internal affairs and Telecommunication however later former Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake had overtaken the responsibility at the time.

Ravi behind every blunder

While there appears to be no fair reason as to why a Minister of Finance would get involved in a subject area not related to him, the involvement could have been justified if the government cost could have been reduced as a result.

The major issue of this involvement is that the project launched to create a new passport and to issue it was rejected with him handing over the project to De La Rue through the ICTA.

Presidential observations shown the door

While a similar proposal to hand over the tender to the same company was submitted at a previous occasion, presenting his observations on the project President Maithripala Sirisena had suggested that it is better to grant the tender after a competitive bidding process than grant it to a single supplier while the cabinet had proposed to go for a ‘swiss challenge’ system.

However, according to reports M/S De La Rue Lanka Currency and Security Print Ltd had expressed their displeasure at this recommendation

While the government is said to be spending Rs. 1.2 Billion by granting the tender to De La Rue the petitioners have claimed they could do it for less according to international standards. Meanwhile the Government Printers have said they are also able to provide these required passports at only an expenditure of Rs. 600 Million.

Accordingly it is fair to assume that good governance policies have been violated through this deal. While opportunity remains to correct the issue it is of utmost importance that the President, Prime Minister and the government should focus its attention in this regard now.

 

 

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