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Thursday, 29 October 2015 - 19:26
Former President Mahinda questioned for 7 hours by massive fraud and corruption commission
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Former president and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa was questioned for seven hours at the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Massive Fraud and Corruption today.

He was summoned again to record a statement with regard to the non-payment of advertising fees for his election propaganda on Independent Television Network.

The second public hearing in connection with the non-payment of advertising fees to ITN was held today and public hearing will continue tomorrow as well.

In addition, former Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella also appeared before the Commission today.

Our correspondent stated that the former ITN chairman and the General Manager were also summoned before the Commission today.

Meanwhile, MPs Namal Rajapaksa, Udaya Gammanpila, Prasanna Ranaweera, former MPs Uditha Lokubandara and A.H.M. Azwer were also present at the Commission to show solidarity to former President Rajapaksa.

Meanwhile former MP Upeksha Swarnamali, veteran artist Bandula Wijeweera and Actress Ruwanthi Mangala also appeared before the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Massive Fraud and Corruption this morning.

The trio had been summoned before the commission to record statements in connection with fraud and corruption believed to have occurred in the Sri Lankan airlines.

In addition, a statement was recorded yesterday from state minister Priyankara Jayarathna in connection with the alleged financial misappropriation committed in Sri Lankan airline.

Meanwhile, former chairman of Sri Lankan Airlines Nishantha Wickramasinghe has informed through his lawyers that he would be unable to appear before the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Massive Fraud and Corruption tomorrow.

He has informed the Commission that he would return to the country on November 20th.

Earlier Wickramasinghe’s wife refused to accept the notice issued by the Commission on Wickramasinghe, saying her husband did not visit the house for several years.

Commission officials visited former Sri Lankan Airline Chairman’s residence in Mt. Lavinia yesterday to hand over the notice.

Meanwhile officers of the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Massive Fraud and Corruption inspected the Avant Garde floating armory today for the second day at the Galle Harbor.



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