Wijeyadasa hits back at Fonseka
Posted on November 7th, 2015

by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy Island

Alleges SF’s son-in-law sought release of Rs. 887 mn held by govt

Reveals bid to take over Avant Garde’s lucrative business


Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, yesterday alleged that the on-going onslaught on the Avant Garde Maritime Services was meant to pave the way for another local venture to take over the lucrative business.

Minister Rajapakse alleged that the present government was under heavy pressure to move against Avant Garde Maritime Services to enable a takeover.

The Justice Minister was responding to the spate of allegations directed at him by Democratic Party Leader and Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, at a special media briefing held at his main party office at Pelawatte, Battaramulla on Thursday. The former Army Chief also accused Law and Order and Prisons Reforms Minister Tilak Marapana and Public Administration Minister Vajira Abeywardena of having clandestine relationship with the company under a cloud.

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Fonseka accused Rajapakse of receiving money from Avant Garde owner retired Major Nissanka Senadhipathy, formerly of the Army Commando Regiment.

Reiterating that he hadn’t taken anything from Avant Garde, Rajapakse insisted that a law suit would be soon filed against the Field Marshal seeking damages to the tune of Rs. 500 mn. Recalling JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s accusations regarding his alleged relationship with Avant Garde, Rajapakshe challenged his critics to prove the much-touted claims. The Justice Minister promised to quit politics if accusations against him were proved.

The Justice Minister declared that there was absolutely no basis for allegations that the Avant Garde project in any way threatened or undermined national security. An attempt was being made to portray him, the minister in charge of the police (Marapana), Attorney General as well as the Solicitor General as persons ignorant of the law, the Justice Minister said.

When The Island reminded the President’s Counsel that those who had campaigned against President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the last presidential election had repeatedly described Avant Garde project as one of the most corrupt deals done by the Rajapaksas, the Justice Minister said that there had been many corrupt deals though the Avant Garde wasn’t one of them. The minister said that he had strongly opposed the arrest of former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in connection with the Avant Garde investigation. The Justice Minister alleged that Fonseka had pushed for Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s arrest regardless of consequences. The former Army Chief was among those who used the Avant Garde inquiry to take the former Defence Secretary into police custody, the Minister alleged.

The minister said that the Avant Garde had brought in foreign exchange to the tune of Rs. 16,000 mn over the years. Of that amount, the government had received foreign exchange to the tune of Rs. 3,500 mn. The minister said that the AG had instructed the IGP to examine allegations pertaining to money laundering.

When it was pointed out that Ministers, Patali Champika Ranawaka and Dr Rajitha Senaratne, too, had backed the allegations against Avant Garde, the Justice Minister said that whatever the interpretations, everything would depend on the AG’s ruling.

Rajapakshe accused Fonseka of pursuing a personal vendetta in spite of him being his lawyer during the 2010 presidential election campaign. The minister revealed that Fonseka had received Rs. 5 mn from persons known to him (Rajapakshe) at his Nawala residence. “My associates provided over Rs. 100 mn to Fonseka and he received donations to the tune of over Rs. 2,000.”

Calling Fonseka an ungrateful, revengeful person, the Justice Minister declared that the former Common candidate hadn’t spent a single cent out of his pocket on his presidential election campaign. Rajapakse said that his residence at Kirulapona, too, was allowed to be used as Fonseka’s campaign office in Colombo. “In fact, the UNP provided clothes required by the then Common candidate. I took the clothes to him. Today, he accuses me of taking money from Avant Garde.”

Having provided an operating theatre to the Maharagama Cancer Hospital with his own funds, there was no need for him to depend on any clandestine relationship to secure funds, the Justice Minister said.

According to Rajapakse, Fonseka had a list of persons to be arrested immediately after the change of government he (Rajapakse) however resisted taking any indiscriminate action. “The people never voted us into power to cook up cases against those who had been in power,” the Justice Minister said.

Rajapakse attributed his declaration that there hadn’t been any computer jilmmaat (fraud) at the January 2010 presidential election infuriated the unsuccessful candidate. The minister said that there had never been an attempt to manipulate the final result though the loser kept on propagating lies.

Fonseka also reacted angrily to his refusal to immediately release Rs. 887 mn held by the government in connection with the Hi Corp case, the minister said. Fonseka’s son-in-law Danuna Tillekeratne had sought the release of the funds with the knowledge of the former army commander, the minister said, adding that funds wouldn’t be released without further inquiries.

The minister emphasised that the Field Marshal couldn’t have his way. Alleging that the former Army commander didn’t know at least how to address people properly, the Justice Minister said that he had mistakenly thought Fonseka would mend his ways after being appointed Field Marshal. Unfortunately, it hadn’t been the case, the minister said.

 

10 Responses to “Wijeyadasa hits back at Fonseka”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    EXCELLENT!!

    Now the YAPA(LA)NAYA idiots are going at each other!! Good.

    SF has threatened WR with a law suit of 5 billion. Now DT’s frauds are again coming out. WHO SAVED DT (SF’s FORMER son in law)?

    The crooked YAPA(LA)NAYA shitt govt.

    We should worsen this crisis. Simply loving this.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    The MEDIATOR SOBHITHA thero is dying in Singapore. The YAPA(LA)NAYA guiding light will be doused very soon. They it will be TOTAL CHAOS.

  3. Senevirath Says:

    ජීවිතයෙන් සමුගැනීමට පෙර දැ යෙ න් සමාව ගන්න සෝභිත හිමියනි එවිට යන තැනට වත් වැඩ ක් ක රගතහකිය්

  4. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    LORENZO !! EVEN A MISGUIDED MAN IN YELLOW ROBES CANNOT AVOID THE LAW OF KARMA. HE WILL HAVE TO PAY.

  5. Lorenzo Says:

    Truth to be told I must add that Maru Sira’s JUSTICE MINISTER is way better than MR’s justice minister – RAUF HACK-HIM!

    Now that sewage ministers is not even in the news which is a VICTORY for SLs.

    IF not for Wijeyadasa (a crook BUT a man with SOME principles) GR would be in JAIL for nothing.

    Had HACK-HIM continued GR would be in jail by now.

  6. Lorenzo Says:

    RIVAL teams of govt.

    REVENGE TEAM – Charmpaka, Rajitha and his pitbull dumbo, SF, Anura Kumara, Gon Shot, Bandit Q
    OTHER TEAM – Wijeyadasa, Run-nil, Marapana, Maru Sira, Siripala, Malik

    They are set to clash.

    Sobhitha’s condition means NO ONE to mediate.

    IF they COLLAPSE right in time for the BUDGET DEBATE this month, FANTASTIC! Fireworks!!!

  7. Independent Says:

    මතකයි කුඩකල දෙසු බන දරු අපට​
    වතගොත නොවෙයි හරි දේ වැදගත් රටට​
    සතවෙත කියාදුන් හරවා හරි මගට​
    පතනමි නිවන් සුව ගරු සෝබිත හිමිට

  8. Independent Says:

    මාදුළුවාවේ සෝභිත නා හිමියෝ අපවත් වෙති

    2015 නොවැම්බර් මස 08 05:42:47 | තරිඳු ජයවර්ධන , බිමල් ශ්‍යාමන් ජයසිංහ

    සාධාරණ සමාජයක් සඳහා වූ ජනතා ව්‍යාපාරයේ නායක සහ කෝට්ටේ ශ්‍රී නාග විහාරාධිපති මාදුළුවාවේ සෝභිත නා හිමියෝ (73) අද අලුයම 4.30ට පමණ සිංගප්පූරුවේ මවුන්ත් එළිසබෙත් රෝහලේ දී අපවත් වූ බව එසැණ සතිශය සංවේගයෙන් දැනුම් දෙයි.

    සෝභිත හිමියෝ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පෞද්ගලික රෝහලක සැත්කමකට බඳුන් කරනු ලැබූහ. පසුව වැඩිදුර ප්‍රතිකාර සිංගප්පූරුව බලා වැඩමවාගෙන යනු ලැබූහ.

    යුද්ධය අවසන් කිරීමෙන් පසු විධායක ජනාධිපති ක්‍රමය හා ඡන්ද ක්‍රමය වෙනස් කරන ලෙස මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ රජයෙන් ඉල්ලීම් කළ සෝභිත හිමියෝ පසුගිය ජනාධිපතිවරණ සමයේ පොදු අපේක්ෂකයකු ඉදිරිපත් කිරීම සඳහා වෙහෙසුණහ.

    ඉන් පසු ස්වාධීක කොමිෂන් සභා හැකි ඉක්මණින් ස්ථාපිත කරන ලෙස හා ඡන්ද ක්‍රමය වෙනස් කරන ලෙස මේ ආණ්ඩුවට ද බල කළහ.

  9. Indrajith Says:

    සාධාරණ සමාජයක් සඳහා වූ ජනතා ව්‍යාපාරයේ කැඳවුම්කරු කෝට්ටේ ශ්‍රී නාගවිහාරාධිපති පූජ්‍ය මාදුළුවාවේ සෝභිත හිමියයෝ අපවත් වූ බව මහත් සංවේගයෙන් දැනුම් දෙමු. – LankaCnews.com

    අපවත් වන විට 74 වන වියේ පසුවූ උන් වහන්සේ මෙරටදී සිදු කරන ලද හෘද සැත්කමක් ඇතුළු සැත්කම් දෙකකින් පසු අසධ්‍ය වී විශේෂ ගුවන් යානයකින් විශේෂඥ වෛද්‍යවරයෙකුද සමඟ සිංගප්පූරුවේ මවුන්ට් එලිසබෙත් රෝහලට යොමු කලේ රජයේ අනුග‍්‍රහයෙනි.

    එහිමියන්ගේ ජීවිතය බේරා ගැනීම සඳහා විශේෂඥ වෛද්‍යවරුන් හත් දෙනෙක් ඇතුළු විශාල කාර්ය මණ්ඩලයක් මහත් වෙර දරුවද මේ සටහන ලියැවෙන්නට තිබුනේ මෙහෙමය.

    රාජපක්‍ෂ රෙජිමය පෙරලා දමා වත්මන් යහපාලනය ගෙන එන්නට පෙර ගමන්කරුවා වූ උන් වහන්සේට යහපාලනයේ නියම ඵල සියැසින් දකින්නට ඉඩහසර නොලද්දහ.

  10. Lorenzo Says:

    Did you notice the death of Sobitha thero is VERY SIMILAR to the death of Ven Soma thero?

    Heart attack was the reason given for both cases.

    Although Sobitha thero helped the JAMAPALANAYA govt. to come to power he was TOTALLY DISGUSTED of the conduct of the UNP led govt. and Maithiripala. Obviously they KNEW TOO WELL Sobitha can change a govt.

    His death must be investigated.

    UNP govt. COLLPASED within 6 months of the death of Ven Soma thero. This UNP govt. too will collapse within 6 months of Sobitha thero’s death.

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