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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2525

Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), is akin to that of the ‘era of Hitler’ – Mahinda Rajapaksa

Colombo, 07 May, (Asiantribune.com):

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said that the mechanism of the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), is akin to that of the ‘era of Hitler’. “The Prime Minister cannot take the role of the IGP and give orders.
Mahinda Rajapaksa speaking to journalists said that the Prime Minister is answerable to Parliament.

The Cabinet Sub-Committee has taken over Police power. The Gazette has taken a different turn to what was intended,” he told journalists outside the Welikada Prison.

Rajapaksa visited former Minister Johnston Fernando, who is currently in remand prison over charges under the Public Property Act. Rajapaksa said that the actions of the ‘FCID’ were spoken of during the meeting between him and President Maithripala.

“This is political revenge and nothing else. These are civil cases. The CWE is a Corporation and its dealings don’t fall under the Public Properties act.

Besides, it’s a commercial entity and giving goods on credit is a usual practice. If there is an issue, it should fall under a civil action, as opposed to a criminal one,” he said.

He said that even the offenses that his brother former Minister Basil Rajapaksa is charged with fall under the same category of ‘civil offences’. Rajapaksa has visited all his allies, who were in remand custody following his defeat in the concluded Presidential election and has been defiant in rejecting allegations of financial misappropriation and fraud.

The then minister in charge of the Cooperative Wholesale Establishment (CWE), Fernando is accused of having removed goods worth more than Rs. 5.2 million from three CWE warehouses in the Kurunegala District during the last North-western Provincial Council election.

Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara told that Johnston Fernando was the minister in charge of the Cooperative Wholesale Establishment (CWE) he had allegedly ordered that goods worth more than Rs.5.2 million be released from three CWE warehouses in the Kurunegala District.

As a result goods had been released from the CWE stores in Yanthampalawa, Wehera and Mallawapitiya during the election to the North-Western Provincial Council in September 2013.

Fernando had however failed to settle the bills for the goods he had ordered to be released for some unknown reason.

In the meantime former Minister Wimal Weerawansa said, The former minister said that UNP-led government had arrested former MPs on false charges. Minister Johnston Fernando had been arrested though he had paid Sathosa for buying some goods to be distributed among displaced people.

- Asian Tribune -

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa leaving Welikada prison after visiting MP Johnston Fernando on Thursday.
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