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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 - 13:56
Basil returns from America after 100 days
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Former minister Basil Rajapaksa returned to the country from Dubai today by an Emirates flight EK 348.

Katunayake Airport Authorities closed the arrival terminal for some time due to the large crowds gathered to welcome the former minister Rajapaksa.

Our correspondent stated that, among the gathering were Western Provincial Councilor Nimal Lanza, Eastern Provincial Councilor Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan and former Western Provincial Councilor Ananda Sarath Kumara.

A group of monks have chanted Seth Pirith while the former minister came out from the arrival terminal of the airport.

Addressing the gathering, the former minister told that, as a law abiding citizen, he would come forward to face the allegations made against him.

Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa left for America on January 10th, two days after the presidential election on January 8th.

Later he stated in a press release that he went to the U.S. to obtain medical treatment.

However the Police Financial Crime Investigation Division filed a case against Basil Rajapaksa for allegedly misappropriating state funds including bonus money of the Divi Neguma Department, spending Divi Neguma funds for the presidential election and spending another Rs. 70 million to hold a conference.

When the case against former minister Rajapaksa was taken before the Kaduwela Magistrate on March 31st, the Magistrate ordered to the Financial Crime Division to obtain a statement from the former minister on his arrival at the airport.   

  Accordingly, our news team enquired senior lawyer who appeared for the former Minister U.R. de Silva whether such a statement was given to police by the former Minister on his arrival today.

He said that a statement would be given to Police Financial Crime Division tomorrow or next Thursday.

 However, Police Media Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that former Minister Basil Rajapaksa should make a statement to Financial Crime Division.

Meanwhile, ordinary passengers were utterly inconvenienced as the arrival terminal was closed to facilitate former minister Rajapaksa.

Update : Tuesday, 21 April 2015 - 18:37
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Basil Rajapakse Landed

Basil Rajapaksa, former Economic Development Minister of Sri Lanka and the younger brother of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) short while ago.

Basil Rajapaksa, who has been accused of financial irregularities amounting to billions of rupees, is to make a statement to the Financial Crimes Investigations Division, hiru Airport sources stated.

It is reported that large crowd including some politicians wait outside the BIA to welcome him.

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