Leader of the JVP Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake today revealed extensive details of incidents of corruption in the country.
Speaking during a media briefing at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, MP Dissanayake said corrupt incidents reported internationally link Sri Lanka as well.
The MP said there are many files on individuals engaged in corruption.
MP Dissanayake said recently an international revelation was made that the government in 2014 paid USD 6.5 million through then Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Ajith Nivard Cabraal to an American businessman Imaad Zuberi, who was a CIA mole, to buy influence and fix Sri Lanka’s image in the United States.
The MP said Zuberi is currently serving 12-years in prison.
MP Dissanayake said Governor Cabraal paid USD 6.5 million adding that he too rightfully should be serving a prison sentence.
The Parliamentarian also noted that investigations revealed that the funds directed to Zuberi were not used to influence Sri Lanka’s image.
He questioned why such investigations are not carried out locally, adding that any investigation carried out internationally has links to Sri Lankans.
MP Dissanayake said all such incidents took place under political protection.
The MP added during the 2015 Presidential Election a large sum of funds of the Sri Lanka Transport Board, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, and several other institutions were used to sling mud at then-candidate Maithripala Sirisena.
MP Dissanayake added businessmen jointly have engaged in various corrupt deals as well.
He noted that corruption is not carried out by a single individual arbitrarily, adding that those engaged in corruption do so with the state’s blessings and is protected by the state.
Dissanayake charged that the group elected by the supremacy of the people are misusing their powers for personal benefits, adding that the corrupt ring includes businessmen and not just politicians, who were responsible for the sugar, Value Added Tax, and Customs scams.
The JVP leader also charged that there are deal businessmen, around 50 administration officers, secretaries and directors of state institutions, investigative officers including Policemen, media organisations, and individuals within the legal system of the country.
He noted this corrupt and fraudulent system must be defeated.
Dissanayake attributed the main reason behind the economic crisis in the country to corruption and fraud.
He said the facts he revealed today are not the only incidents related to corruption.
The MP said the JVP gathered information following extensive research, adding that a government however can unveil more information of incidents of corruption.
The Parliamentarian said corruption and wastage have contributed greatly towards Sri Lanka’s economic downfall.
He noted the petroleum, power, SriLankan Airlines, and the Treasury depleted owing to large scale corruption including the accumulation of debt and lack of foreign reserves.
The MP said the individuals responsible for such actions are named in the files he revealed today and questioned if there is no justifiable right to punish the perpetrators and reacquire the stolen assets.