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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2521

Sajin further remanded and not to be given nomination in the SLFP

Colombo, 08 July, (

UPFA Parliamentarian and former Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs Sajin de Vass Gunawardena was further remanded till July 21 by the Colombo Fort Magistrate yesterday.

Also Sajin de Vas Gunawardene is one of the several SLFP members not to be given nomination in the forthcoming parliament election.

He has been charged by the Criminal Investigations Department for misusing 22 vehicles belonging to the Presidential Secretariat (PS) under the previous Rajapaksa regime.

The MP was arrested by the CID on May 11, when he came to make a statement there that day.

On March 18, the controversial Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) questioned him over an alleged financial fraud at the People’s Leasing and Finance Company.

Meanwhile, a section of staunch supporters of the former President will not receive nominations to contest under the UPFA ticket.

One of them is Sajin Vaas Gunawardena, and others on the hit list are:

Duminda Silva, Mervyn Silva and Premalal Jayasekera will not receive nominations on the grounds that bribery, corruption and criminal charges have been leveled against them.

The President has opposed giving nominations to Rohitha Abetgunawardena, Johnston Fernando, Lakshman Wasantha Perara and Mahindananda Aluthgamage. However, the pro-Rajapaksa group has now embarked on a feverish mission to get the President's consent to give nominations to the four ex-Parliamentarians.

Meanwhile, Western Provincial Council member Samanmalee Sakalasooriya, a member of the pro-Rajapaksa camp, is unlikely to receive nominations to contest the election, SLFP nominations committee sources said.

- Asian Tribune -

Sajin further remanded and not to be given nomination in the SLFP
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