Govt. asks Sirisena where huge forex stash came from

by Dasun Edirisinghe

The UPFA yesterday challenged opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena to reveal from where the huge foreign exchange stash which was recovered by the CID from a relative of his son’s girlfriend had come from.

Addressing the media at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party head office, Housing, Construction, Engineering Services and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa alleged that Swiss francs and US dollars to the tune of Rs. 150 million found by the Criminal Investigations Department acting on a tip-off had been contributed to Sirisena’s campaign by the pro-LTTE diaspora.

He said at present father of Daham Sirisena’s girlfriend and Daham were absconding.

"If that money had been brought into the country legally, they should have declared it to the CID," Weerawansa said.

He said that though Maithripala Sririsena and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe asked for a police investigation against the agreement revealed by former UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake alleging that it was a forged document, but they did not deny the points in the document.

Weerawansa challenged Sirisena’s camp to deny the agreement which was inimical to national security as it promised to dismantle high security zones and pull out troops from the North.

"Sirisena did not include a single word about national security, 13th amendment or giving land and police powers to the Northern Provincial Council in his manifesto," Minister Weerawansa said, adding that his silence proved he had a secret pact with the pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance.

Weerawansa said that TNA would announce its support to opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena within the next two weeks.

Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena said Srisena had not made any pledge to protect free education in his manifesto.

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