By Rathindra Kuruwita
It is unlikely that there would be a repeat meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for further discussions, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera said.
He also denied statements by MPs who took part in Wednesday’s (6) discussions, representing Rajapaksa, that the Gazette Notification on Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) will be rescinded.
“President Sirisena will not agree to anything of that nature. Investigating the corrupt individuals and punishing them is one of the main promises Maithripala Sirisena made during the election campaign. He will not go back on his word,” Samaraweera said.
He added that by attempting to prevent the FCID from carrying out its mandate, supporters of Rajapaksa are in fact confirming that they are guilty of corruption. Most of the MPs who accompanied Rajapaksa to Wednesday’s meeting also have serious allegations against them.
“They know they are running out of time. They fear punishment and that’s why they are trying so hard to stop the FCID,” he said.
This fear has led those who made their money through illegal means to rally behind Rajapaksa, Samaraweera said. Despite claims by several Rajapaksa supporters, reliable sources claimed that President Sirisena has not agreed to stop the probes initiated by the FCID.