Mahinda Rajapaksa goes to jail

Mahinda Rajapaksa goes to jail

February 9, 2015   03:24 pm

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa spent time briefly at the main prison in Colombo visiting his recently acquired ally Tissa Attanayake.

The former president spent a few minutes at the Welikada Prison Hospital where Attanayake has been warded since he was remanded a week ago on criminal charges of falsifying documents.

Rajapaksa was asked if he was trying to contest upcoming parliamentary elections, but remained non committal.

Asked if he was addressing a political rally next week organised by former Housing minister Wimal Weerawansa, Rajapaksa has told Economy Next news agency: “What meeting? Where? Ah Nugegoda? I didn’t know, I am coming from my village today.”

Attanayake, who defected from the then opposition United National Party and was made Health minister for less than three weeks, is accused of fabricating a document to discredit Sirisena and Wickremesinghe.

Attanayake has said that the purported document was received by him the day he assumed duties as health minister, but he also told investigators that at least two other individuals may have been behind the fabrication.

Disclaimer: All the comments will be moderated by the AD editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or slanderous. Please avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment and avoid typing all capitalized comments. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by flagging them(mouse over a comment and click the flag icon on the right side). Do use these forums to voice your opinions and create healthy discourse.

Most Viewed Video Stories

US donates 9,300 MT of fertilizer for paddy farmers in Sri Lanka (English)

Energy Minister reveals estimated electricity unit cost for uninterrupted power supply (English)

Scholarship for A/L students from President's Fund commences (English)

Palali International Airport to recommence operations (English)

Another cruise ship carrying hundreds of tourists docks at Hambantota Port

Several trade unions launch protests against budget and high cost of living

Justice Minister claims Sri Lanka losing Rs. 100 billion in taxes due to BOI agreement