Sri Lankan president misses Mahinda at VVIP wedding
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena who was the attesting witness at the wedding of Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s son left early, missing a public meeting with his nemesis Mahinda Rajapaksa.
A guest at the wedding said the President left Cinnamon Grand hotel about 10 minutes before his predecessor Rajapaksa turned up to wish the couple at the extravagant wedding.
Special arrangements were made to block off an entire area of the hotel, with access restricted to other guests at the wedding estimated to cost about Rs15 million in hotel charges alone.
"Some of the table decor had been specially ordered from abroad," the guest said, adding that the total cost of clothing, jewellery and other arrangements would have easily made it the most expensive wedding of the year.
A large number of politicians from both the government side and the Rajapaksa faction were present, but the Justice minister’s cabinet colleague Sarath Fonseka was a notable absentee.
The justice minister and his former cabinet colleague Tilak Marapana had been accused of defending the Avant Garde company, which was allegedly involved in gun running, weapons smuggling and money laundering.
Marapana was forced out of the cabinet amid intense opposition from within the government over his alleged support to Avant Garde.
The Avant Garde company has denied allegations, but police are investigating. (COLOMBO, May 9, 2016)