The Attorney General’s Department this morning informed the Presidential Commission investigating the Treasury bond issue that Annika Wijesuriya – who testified against former Minister Ravi Karunanayake – has left the country after receiving death threats.
Annika Wijesuriya, on July 23, testified that Arjun Aloysius had paid a monthly lease of Rs. 4.1 million on behalf of then Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake; which revelation led to the public resignation of the Minister who was in charge of Foreign Affairs at the time.
The Presidential Commission of Inquiry is currently investigating the Treasury bond auctions of February 2015 and March 2016 during which Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) made unprecedented gains.
Former Director of Perpetual Treasuries Arjun Aloysius’s father-in-law Arjuna Mahendran was Governor of the Central Bank at the time and the two are accused of insider trading.
Anika threatened by Ravi’s relative says AG’s dept
Shehan Chamika Silva
Anika Wijesuriya, who testified before the Bond Commission earlier on regarding the Penthouse apartment, in which former Minister Ravi Karunanayake resided, had left the country due to death threats allegedly made by Shanil Neththikumra, a relative of former minister Karunanayake, Attorney General’s Department officials informed the Bond Commission today.
They also said that Anika’s brother Wijith has also received death threats. The department officials also request from the Bond commission to investigate about the threats made by Neththikumara.