Sri Lanka's new IGP to speed up cases against Rajapaksa regime members
Apr 20, 2016 14:12 PM GMT+0530 | 1 Comment(s)
ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's newly-appointed police Inspector-General is expected to speed up investigations against members of the former regime, including the closest members of the Rajapaksa family, a top ministerial source said.
Pujith Jayasundara, whose nomination was ratified by the Constitutional Council through a majority vote on Monday, has promised the new government he will dust the moribund cases and revive stalled investigations.
"The former IGP was dragging his feet and he was helped by an even slower Attorney general's department," the ministerial source told Economynext.
The former Attorney General and his deputy Suhada Gamlath who was overlooked for the top post in the department had allocated case files to their favourites who were said to be delaying prosecutions. The AG’s department which was earlier under the former president is said to be packed with Rajapaksa-loyalists in key positions.
"The new AG has said he will give time till May for cases to be expedited. failing which he will re-assign the files.
"The new IGP will also take the initiative to speed up police investigations. With (former IGP N. K.) Illangakoon, the problem was that he was balancing both the former regime and the new government.
"What could be done in 10 days was done in 10 weeks. But with (new IGP) Pujith, we can see new dynamism," the source said.
He said the polioce under Illangakoon was not professional in dealing with high profile cases, but all that was about to change.
Former president's immediate family members face allegations of large-scale corruption and they have also been linked to criminal activity which they have vehemently denied.
The ministerial source said a few high profile arrests could be made very shortly. (COLOMBO, April 20, 2016)