Politically affiliated criminals would not be punished by governments formed by the main political parties because leaders of both parties have close links to each other, MP Hirunika Premachandra said yesterday addressing a press conference at the Opposition Leader’s Office, Colombo 07.
“Leaders of both parties are good friends, they cut deals and don’t punish anyone,” she said.
The leaders of the Yahapalanaya government had continuously spoken about the criminals sheltered by the Rajapaksas from 2015 to 2019. However, not a single crook had been sent to jail, Premachandra said.
The current administration had shown that it was no different than any of the previous administrations, she said. “Before coming into power they spoke a lot about the Treasury Bond scams but now they are silent. Everyone wanted to prevent the Forensic Audit Report from being tabled in Parliament. I challenge President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to bring Arjuna Mahendran here or take legal action. The Aloysius’ are friends of both leaders and they pump money to election campaigns.”
Premachandra said that at best a few people would be sent to jail before the general election, for propaganda purposes.
“However they will be released after the election.”