President says he spoke to Singaporean PM on extraditing Arjun Mahendran

President says he spoke to Singaporean PM on extraditing Arjun Mahendran

July 16, 2019   08:48 pm


President Maithripala Sirisena has said that all the suspects in the Central Bank bond scam case have been identified, the President’s Media Division stated.

The President has further stated that he has personally spoken to the Prime Minister of Singapore on the extradition of Arjun Mahendran, the PMD added.

International warrants have been issued to arrest those who are linked to the bond scam and currently overseas, the President added.

The president assured that investigations into the bond scam are currently underway.

President made these comments at an event to declare open a newly constructed  Sacred Relic Chamber and Sermon Chamber at Palanda Raja Maha Viharaya today (16).

Further speaking, the President said any attempt to disgrace Maha Sanga should be vehemently condemned rejected irrespective of the positions and capacities of the accusers.

Those, who try to table a Bill in the Parliament to repeal the death penalty, are attempting to let the accused of the Easter Sunday attack which cost nearly 300 lives to go scot-free, he continued.

According to the Criminal Law of Sri Lanka, the death sentence is the punishment for murder, conspiracy against the state and terrorist activities, the President says. With the moves to abolish the death sentence it will not be possible to punish any offenders of these crimes, he added.

President Sirisena also said all the individuals who have links to the Easter Sunday attack have been arrested and investigations continue. Since there are clear evidences against them, they also should be sentenced to death according to the prevailing law of this country, President added.

Strict punishments for any deliberate wrong doing should be in place in order to build a respectable society and the fear against punishment is helpful to create a virtuous nation, he has further said.

Following the unveiling of the plaque, President went on an inspection tour of the new building, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.

President has handed over a memento to Chief incumbent Ven. Devamulle Kalyanwangsha Thero, the PMD stated.

Venerable Pibure Uditha Thero, Minister Rajitha Senarathna, former ministers of the Western Province, District Secretary U.D.C Jayalal and many others were among the gathering, the PMD further reported.

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