Sri Lanka’s former president goes to jail

Colombo, Feb 9 (EconomyNext) Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapakse spent time briefly at the main prison in Colombo visiting his recently acquired ally Tissa Attanayake.

The former president spent a few minutes at the Welikada Prison Hospital where Attanayake has been warded since he was remanded a week ago on criminal charges of falsifying documents.

Rajapakse was asked if he was trying to contest up coming parliamentary elections, but remained non committal.

Asked if he was addressing a political rally next week organised by former Housing minister Wimal Weerawansa, Rajapakse said: "What meeting? Where? Ah Nugegoda? I didn’t know, I am coming from my village today."

Attanayake, who defected from the then opposition United National Party and was made Health minister for less than three weeks, is accused of fabricating a document to discredit Sirisena and Wickremesinghe.

Attanayake has said that the purported document was received by him the day he assumed duties as health minister, but he also told investigators that at least two other individuals may have been behind the fabrication.

Former minister Weerawansa and his wife Sashi are also likely to be arrested on charges of providing wrong information about their respective birth days.

Weerawansa’s wife is alleged to have provided three different dates of birth when obtaining passports and providing  this information on birth certificates of her children.

Police spokesman Ajith Rohana told reporters last week that police would shortly arrest Weerawansa’s wife as investigations into allegations against her were almost complete.

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