Lanka seeks UK help

The Government has sought assistance from India, the United States and Britain to investigate large scale financial fraud committed by the former Government.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Justice Minister Wijeydasa Rajapaksa have visited these countries to seek assistance from institutions there for the investigation.

“We have sought assistance from the World Bank, the US Justice Department, the major fraud investigations unit in London and the Indian Central Bank,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that the Government is being accused of failing to arrest top members of the former Government over corruption.

649816-131116-david-cameron-at-chogmHowever he says no one can be arrested without enough evidence at hand and so a system has been put in place to first investigate the allegations.

“This is not like investigating a murder. We need time,” he added.

However he said the Government hopes to complete a major part of the investigations by April 23 when the 100 day programme of the Government ends.

Wickremesinghe said that the new Government cannot behave like the former administration and arrest people without having proper evidence.

The Prime Minister said that statements have already been recorded