JVP raises S’pore snubbing President’s statement


By Saman Indrajith

The JVP yesterday in Parliament queried the Government’s stance on the response from Singapore to President Maithripala Sirisena’s allegation that it is sheltering former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran.

"The President addressing a Bribery Commission event said that he appealed to the Singaporean Prime Minister to return former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, but that was not heeded. Now Singapore has given a diplomatic response. Singapore says that Sri Lanka has not submitted information required under Singapore´s extradition laws to return Mahendran. What does the Government have to say about it? The President, being the Head of State, represents the country. His statement was not considered a private statement," Dr Jayatissa said.

The Kalutara District MP said that a separate Parliamentary debate should be held on the extravagant ceremony held to launch a five-year action plan to combat bribery and corruption at Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo.

The JVP MP, joining the committee stage debate of the ‘Budget 2019’ in Parliament, questioned the exorbitant spending on the event organized by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC).

"About 1,250 attended the event. Who spent for their meals? Who spent for the big digital screen put up for the event?" he questioned.

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