Nirupama Rajapaksa leaving the country could hamper the ongoing probe against her

By Dasun Rajapaksa

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) says, Nirupama Rajapaksa leaving the country could hamper the ongoing probe against her.

Secretary of CIABOC, Apsara Caldera, said though they had recorded a statement from Nirupama Rajapaksa after her name had been stated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) via the Pandora Papers over the unlawful acquisition of millions of dollars worth of property, it would be impossible to record further statements from her on account of her being overseas. He observed that as a probe is still ongoing regarding Nirupama Rajapaksa’s illegal acquisition of property along with her businessman spouse Thirukumar Nadesan, it would be difficult to shed more light on it.

When inquired as to what sort of impact Rajapaksa going overseas would have on the investigation against her, Director Investigations of CIABOC, Senior Police Inspector Damith Wijeratne said, as no Court has impounded her passport, Rajapaksa has no obstacle to leave the country.

He added that details in possession of CIABOC were not sufficient to expedite the probe against Nirupama Rajapaksa and they were striving to gather more information on her wealth.

Wijeratne said, they have also collected information from a few institutions with regard to illegal transactions. The Department of Immigration and Emigration said, Nirupama Rajapaksa and her husband Thirukumar Nadesanhad left for Dubai on board an Emirates flight on 5 April night.

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