COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s former minister of economic development Basil Rajapaksa is co-operating with law enforcement authorities probing allegations of misuse of government funds, unlike his brother the former president, an official said.
Basil Rajapaksa, the brother of ousted president Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been accused of massive misuse of government funds to support the January presidential polls campaign of his brother which the latter lost. He was remanded Wednesday.
Eran Wickramaratne, Deputy Minister of Highways, Higher Education and Investment Promotion, said everyone is equal before the law and no one could seek to avoid justice.
Members of the former Mahinda Rajapaksa regime were being questioned on allegations against them according to the law, he said.
The arrest of Basil Rajapaksa after hours of questioning Wednesday was "only the tip of the iceberg," Wickramaratne told a news conference, noting that there were allegations of widespread corruption against members of the former regime.
"The good side to this is that Basil Rajapaksa is co-operating with law enforcement authorities. He’s not scared unlike other members of his families who are trying to use their minions to dodge the law," Wickremeratne said.
"That’s what happened in parliament this week, when the former president was to be questioned by bribery commission," he added. "They tried to use parliament to protect the former president."
Wickremeratne was referring to a demonstration inside parliament by law makers supportive of the former president who disrupted parliamentary proceedings and blocked crucial constitutional amendments.
They demanded that the former president not be questioned and that the head of the bribery commission be sacked.
"Everyone must obey the law. Wrongdoers will be taken to court," Wickremeratne stressed.