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Sri Lanka Finance Minister's PRO quits

Aug 08, 2017 18:31 PM GMT+0530 | 1 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's Finance minister Mangala Samaraweera's Public Relations Officer resigned on Tuesday after he was arrested during a controversial police Special Task Force (STF) raid over the weekend.

Sameera Manohara tendered his resignation and returned his official vehicle, finance ministry officials said.

Manohara was taken into custody by a team led by an STF Assistant superintendent allegedly on a tip off about narcotics.

In a statement, the finance ministry said Manohara was arrested on Saturday night while he was on his way to attend a party at Mount Lavinia. There were no drug-related charges against him.

Manohara was released on bail, but another person who was in the company of Manohara and others had been remanded on a charge of possessing narcotics.

Official sources said there were allegations that Manohara may have been a victim of a personnel vendetta. An STF officer removed from a special unit at the finance ministry is said to have instigated the arrest. (COLOMBO, Aug 8, 2017)



  1. DS August 08, 09:14 AM

    It could be a tip off from the STF officer concerned, who would have had inside information. This could also be a tip off from another insider as well. All in all whoever tipped off, any hopes of Mangala becoming PM in a future govt also dashes. More than a tip off on personal grounds, the timing of the tip off indicates that it is of political interest. It's definitely to prevent Mangala having any hopes to become PM if Ranil looses his position, depending on the outcome of the Presidential Commission probing the mega billion rupee fraudulent bond auctions

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