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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

From where did ex-President Chandrika get money to buy two

[b]From where did ex-President Chandrika get money to buy two flats in Paris?[/b]

[b]Colombo, 04 December, ( [/b]The London Evening Standard (December 1, 2005) reported that former President Chandrika Kumaratunga has bought Prince Andrew's mansion Sunninghill Park located in the Berkshire-Surrey border for 10 million sterling pounds. The newspaper also reported that she had purchased two flats in Paris. Incidentally, Asian Tribune reported earlier that she was house hunting in Paris when she visited France just before she left office.

The UNP is not likely to raise this issue because, Ranil Wickremasinghe right now is hoping to cut a political deal with her. But if the story is true then Mahinda Rajapakse should initiate an immediate investigation as to how she earned 10 million sterling pounds on a president's salary.

When she was almost penniless in London after she fled the country and went into hiding she was partly financed by Lal Jayawardena, who was then the head of World Institute of Development and Economic Research (WIDER), a UN body located in Finland. As head of the WIDER, Jayawardena siphoned off UN funds to his cronies including Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prof. Carlo Fonseka, who is the uncle of her late husband Vijay Kumaratunga. According to revelations made in the Finnish parliament Lal Jayawardene paid nearly $30,000.00 to Chandrika Kumaratunga for secretarial work which she never did. Prof. Fonseka was paid nearly 14 million rupees for writing six piffling essays for undergraduates. It is not known how much Jayawardena paid Prof. S. J. T ambiah, who wrote the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist book, Buddhism Betrayed ? but it is estimated be around 20 million. rupees.

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