JVP calls for probe into Rs 45 mn former govt. paid to British MP



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By Saman Indrajith


The JVP yesterday charged in parliament that a British MP had been paid Rs. 45 million to promote Sri Lanka’s image in the UK. It called for an investigation to find out who was responsible for the payment.  "UK MP Ian Paisley was suspended for 30 days by the British Parliament for being a paid advocate for the Sri Lankan Government in 2013," JVP MP Bimal Rathnayake said.


The MP made that call while taking part in yesterday’s adjournment debate on the findings of the recent New York Times article that China funded former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 2015 presidential election campaign.


Rathnayake said that a probe carried out by the House of Commons Standards Committee had revealed that UK MP Paisley had come on vacations to Sri Lanka, paid by the Lankan Government in return for his advocacy and lobbying work to promote Sri Lanka’s image.


"He has been paid Rs 45 million (200,000 Sterling Pounds) in 2013 by the Rajapaksa government. We have to find out who was responsible for this."


MP Rathnayake said those from the Rajapaksa family in parliament had failed to keep their promises to challenge the government.


"During the vote on the sale of the Hambantota Port to China the Rajapaksa Parliamentarians abstained from voting. They criticise this government for that deal but did not even vote against it in parliament. Today, we are debating this crucial New York Times report and its allegations against former President Rajapaksa but the former President is not even in parliament to respond. In fact, none of the MPs loyal to Rajapaksa are present in the House today.


Rathnayake pointed out that similarly former Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had challenged the government to institute legal action against him only to seek injunctions thereafter.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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