Former President challenges JVP over corruption allegations

Former President Maithripala Sirisena challenged ‘Voice Against Corruption’ organization of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Convener Wasantha Samarasinghe to prove the allegations he levelled against him at a press conference on Tuesday conducted to reveal fraud and corruption.

At the media briefing Samarasinghe said that Maithripala Sirisena and his family members including son, daughter and son-in law received financial benefits of Perpetual Treasuries Company, which is liable for the famous Treasury Bond scam.

Former President Sirisena flatly refused all those allegations and challenged Samarasinghe to file a case against him if he can prove those allegations without leveling baseless allegations against him and his family members.

Sirisena further said he appointed a Presidential Commission to look into the bond scam and seized Rs. 12 billion from Perpetual Treasuries under the recommendations of the Presidential Commission. Those monies were utilized for development activities by this government after the Budget Speech.

“The appointing of the Presidential Commission on the bond scam resulted to develop animosity between me and Ranil Wickremesinghe. The main reason for the in-party disputes of the Yahapalana Government was due to appointing the Presidential Commission on the Bond Scam,” he added.

He further said that he signed 21,000 times on a document prepared by the Attorney General’s Department to bring Arjuna Mahendran, the then accused Central Bank Governor back to the country.

He noted that the present government never brings the accused persons of the Bond Scam before Courts.“I am ready to face any punishment if it is proved that I or any of my family members have stolen public wealth,” he said.

Former President Maithripala Sirisena at the SLFP headquarters yesterday. Picture by Dushmantha Mayadunne

by Daily News Sri Lanka

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