Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapksa has ordered the Bribery Commission to immediately investigate Sri Lankans named in the Pandora papers, cabinet spokesman Minister Dullas Alahapperum said.
The president had issued the directive to the Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption this morning.
Alahapperuma said the Commission is required to submit a report within a month.
“It should be noted that nobody from the current government is named in these papers,” the minister said.
“Anybody can complain on this with Bribery Commission,” he added.
The Pandora papers have exposed the secret offshore affairs of 35 world leaders, including current and former presidents, prime ministers and heads of state. The investigation, carried out by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), reveals the secret finances of more than 300 other public officials such as government ministers, judges, mayors and military generals in more than 90 countries.
The Sri Lankan names mentioned in the ICIJ findings, former deputy minister Niruapama Rajapaksa and her husband Thiru Nadesan, are related to President Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and are prominent members of the ruling family.
The ICIJ report said: “In confidential emails to Asiaciti Trust, a Singapore-based offshore services provider, a longtime adviser of Nadesan’s put his overall wealth, as of 2011, at more than $160 million. ICIJ couldn’t independently verify the figure.”
The revelations have stirred much controversy in Sri Lanka.
The main opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) on Tuesday (05) called for a probe into the findings.