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Thursday, 15 October 2015 - 19:13
Former President Mahinda summoned again to the Presidential Commission on Massive Fraud and Corruption tomorrow

Former President Mahinda Rajapakse, former Minister Keheliya Rabukwalla and Minister Susil Premajayantha are scheduled to appear before the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Massive fraud and Corruption tomorrow.

Secretary to the commission Lacil De Silva stated that they have been summoned to the commission at 9am in the morning.

The functions of the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Massive fraud and Corruption was adjourned temporarily until tomorrow after the lawyers of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa filed objections, citing that the President has no authority to appoint High Court Judges to the Commission. Subsequently, the Commission decided to meet again tomorrow.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, former Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and Technology, Education and Employment Minister Susil Premajayantha appeared before the Commission this morning.

They appeared before the Commission today, to participate in the public inquiry being held with regard to the none-payment of 200 million rupees to an Independent Television Network as advertising fees for the airtime they used for the election propaganda campaign of the former president Rajapaksa during the last presidential election.

Former President Rajapaksa and former minister Rambukwella were present as respondents while minister Premajayantha was present to participate at the on-going public inquiry.

In addition, the former chairman of the ITN, the former General Manager and the former deputy General Manager in charge of Marketing were also present at the commission today.

Meanwhile MPs Namal Rajapaksa, Wimal Weerawansa, Prasanna Ranatunga, Dallas Alahapperuma, Ranjith Soyza, Jonston Fernando and Provincial Councillor Upali Kodikara were present at the Commission premises to show solidarity to the Rajapaksa faction.

Our correspondent stated that in addition to the politicians, Ravana Balaya General Secretary Iththakande Saddathissa Thera and Muruththettuwe Ananda thera were also present at the commission premises to show their solidarity towards the former President Rajapaksa as well.

After the Commission began the public hearing, the attorney of the former president’s faction raised objections.

He pointed out that there is a legal loophole in appointing judges to the Commission.

He argued that the current president has no authority either to appoint High Court Judges to chair the Commission or to its membership.

Later the functions of the Commission adjourned for 30 minutes to discuss the argument.

However the Commission decided to adjourn its hearing until tomorrow as the Commission officials and the Rajapaksa faction failed to come to a settlement.

Speaking to the media outside the commission premises, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said the committee in charge of election propaganda has already paid the said money to ITN, and ITN has informed the receipt of such money to the Presidential Commission already.

Meanwhile our correspondent said that a demonstration was held in support of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa in front of the BMICH.

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