Basil Rajapaksa arrested by FCID

Basil Rajapaksa arrested by FCID

July 18, 2016   11:48 am


Former Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa was arrested by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), a short while ago on Monday (18) morning.

The former Minister was arrested on charges of misappropriation of Divi Neguma funds, an official said. He will be produced before a Magistrate this afternoon.

Rajapaksa and three other senior ministry officials were also arrested on April 22, 2015 in connection with a complaint alleging financial fraud in the Divi Neguma Department, which came under the purview of the Economic Development Minister.   

Rajapaksa, who left the country for the US on 11 January, 2015 following the defeat of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the January Presidential Election, returned to the island on April 21, 2015.

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