19th July 2018

British MP Ian Paisley who Received Two Family Holidays Funded by Sri Lanka

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British MP Ian Paisley who Received Two Family Holidays Funded by Sri Lanka Under Pressure to do the “Honourable Thing” and Resign from Parliament. One of the Northern Irish MPs propping up the Government is facing a parliamentary inquiry after a Telegraph investigation revealed how he accepted holidays worth £100,000 from a state he is now helping to secure a post-Brexit trade deal. Ian Paisley Jr said he had referred himself to Kathryn Hudson, the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, following this newspaper’s disclosure that he accepted two all-expenses-paid trips to Sri Lanka. The announcement followed concern raised by MPs that the DUP parliamentarian might be helping to broker a “back-door trade agreement” with the country. Transparency International, the campaign group, said Mrs Hudson should investigate the […]

Mahinda & Gotabaya Should Be Held In Contempt Of Court but will not because President and PM will not allow.

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By Suranimala Umagiliya – With 2020 looming the Yahapalanaya government is striving to kick start investigations into the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime’s scandals, bring to Court some cases and simultaneously grant publicity to the development efforts in the pipeline. A welcome move but is it too late? The Rajapaksa camp is full of hope nay already feeling that 2020 is only a foregone conclusion. But is it? If readers would recall, Mahinda Rajapaksa was smug with the thought that the opposition could not even name a contender to pitch against him, leading up to the 2015 Presidential election. The role is reversed. It has to be another Rajapaksa yet again. But which one? Mahinda is debarred, Gotabaya has the Hitler tag and a dual citizenship, Basil is considered corrupt by 10% and Namal is a young […]

Malaka’s alleged assault on Scottish couple

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A case involving an incident where former Minister Mervyn Silva’s son Malaka Silva had allegedly assaulted a Scottish couple at a nightclub in Colombo, had been referred to the Attorney-General (AG) for advice, police informed court. The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) currently conducting investigations into the incident, had informed the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court that they had sought the Attorney-General’s advice regarding two counter cases. On a previous occasion, court had decided to name Scottish national James Francis Casserly as a suspect in a case where he had allegedly attacked Malaka Silva during a scuffle at a nightclub in Colombo 3, in 2014. When the cases came up before Colombo Additional Magistrate Isuru Nettikumara, the magisterial inquiry into two counter cases were fixed for November […]

UK MP wrote to David Cameron on 19 March 2014 to lobby AGAINST supporting a UN resolution on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, after receiving FREE holidays from Sri Lanka Government

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In her report, the standards commissioner, Kathryn Stone, found that Paisley breached the rules on paid advocacy – lobbying in return for reward or consideration – by writing to David Cameron on 19 March 2014 to lobby against supporting a UN resolution on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, after receiving holidays from the South Asian country’s government. The paper claimed Mr Paisley and his family enjoyed two holidays in Sri Lanka in 2013 paid for by the Sri Lankan government. The claims first appeared in the Daily Telegraph in September 2017. Ian Paisley could face by election after breaking Commons rules Likely 30-day suspension of DUP MP over holidays worth £50,000 could lead to recall The Democratic Unionist party MP Ian Paisley could be forced to […]

Sri Lanka charges Tamil man deported from Australia

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AFP – A Sri Lankan deported by Australia even though his partner had refugee status there was charged upon his return with illegally leaving his home country. Thileepan Gnaneswaran, who was separated from his wife and 11-month-old daughter, arrived in Colombo Tuesday along with another 17 who had also their asylum applications rejected by Australia. “They were taken before a magistrate and released on personal bail,” a senior police official told AFP. “They were charged under the immigration law for leaving the country from a place other than an approved port.” Sri Lankans are known to travel illegally by boat to Australia and other countries, in violation of immigration laws. The offence carries a fine of 200,000 rupees ($1,250) and a maximum prison term of […]

Rajapakse’s party Chairmen were on a spree of raping and killing women, now call for action against underworld says PM

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in Parliament yesterday that it was paradoxical to see the MPs of a party who could not punish their own Pradeshiya Sabha Chairmen who raped and killed innocent women on their watch sometimes back, demanding action against underworld members. “When the Pradeshiya Sabha Chairmen of your party were on a spree of raping and killing women you were in the government but did nothing. You didn’t do anything to prevent that. You protected thieves and maintained underworld members. Now you are questioning. What right do you have to talk against underworld today? The PM asked the protesting MPs. The Prime Minister said so in response to a question raised by Joint Opposition’s Moneragala District MP Padma Udayashantha Gunasekera. The MP demanded […]

Questionable Donation from CICT

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This issue has raised many questions like why CICT generously ‘donated’ such a huge amount of money to a ‘charity’ The ‘donation’ had been remitted to Pushpa Rajapaksa Foundation by CICT through The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (cheque No. 594691) to the Foundation’s account (No. 204-1-001-5-0003290) maintained at Peoples Bank As the money for this donation too had been documented as construction costs, the taxpayers are forced to bear a certain percentage of this amount But nowhere in the world is a donation that was made considered as a construction cost According to the view of the Auditor General, this accounting treatment is not acceptable and this has been mentioned in the audit query that we have sent to you on November 27, 2016 […]