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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 - 13:07
Updated: Bond Commission ends hearings, will testify PM if necessary
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The official hearings of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry that probed the Controversial Central Bank Bond Issuance were completed today (17).

However, the Commission further stated that it may summon the Prime Minister before the Commission if necessary.

The Commission, in a special statement, referred a questionnaire to be forwarded to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

It also stated that answers to the questionnaire should be submitted in an affidavit.

Meanwhile, Senior Additional Solicitor General Dappula de Livera said that there are another 20 witnesses including the Prime Minister left without being testified and they should also be summoned before the Commission.

At that point, Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda compared the Commission’s hearing to a half-baked cake if it concludes its proceedings without questioning those 20 witnesses.

Later, he also told the Commission that Anika Wijesuriya who revealed before the Commission that Arjun Aloysius offered a luxury apartment to former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake as an inducement has fled the country following death threats.

The State Counsel told the Commission that a close associate of Former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Shanil Nettikumara who also owns several Casino Clubs, has threatened the family members of Anika Wijesuriya as well.

At that point, the Commission stated that it would order the CID to provide security to the victims and also take legal action against the perpetrators.

At the same time, 63.9 percent of shares of East West Properties Limited in which majority of shares were owned by Anika Wijesuriya and her family members have been sold on the Colombo Stock Exchange today.

Anika is also a Director of East West Properties Limited.

Colombo Stock Exchange stated that the shares were sold at 1.09 billion rupees.

Meanwhile, Private Secretary of Arjun Aloysius, Steve Samuel testified before the Commission today.

Although the Commission which functioned for 121 days officially completed its hearing today, it has sought President’s approval to extend its term for another 3 months to prepare its report.

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