COLOMBO: Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa‘s son was arrested on Saturday together with 4 different folks over cash laundering allegations.
Yoshitha Rajapaksa, the second son of ex-strongman Mahinda was, arrested and quizzed this morning by the police’s Monetary Crimes Division (FCID) on the Sri Lankan Navy headquarters, a navy spokesman mentioned.
He and 4 others have been arrested on cash laundering allegations, police mentioned in a press release.
Yoshitha, who’s a navy officer, is the primary instant member of the family of former President Mahinda to be arrested since his shock defeat by the hands of Maithripala Sirisena within the polls final 12 months.
He was quizzed in reference to TV channel Carlton Sports activities Community (CSN) which had shut hyperlinks with the Rajapaksa sons.
CSN was controversially handed over Sri Lankan cricket’s tv broadcast rights beneath the Rajapaksa regime. The printed rights had been the protect of the state tv till then.
Nishantha Ranatunga, who was CSN’s CEO, was additionally amongst these arrested. He was additionally the secretary of the Cricket governing physique.
Sri Lanka witnessed an enormous political change to start with of final 12 months when Sirisena trounced Rajapaksa within the January eight presidential race, ending his 10-year-rule.
Rajapaksa in August tried to stage a dramatic comeback as prime minister as Sri Lanka voted to elect a 225-member Parliament.
Nevertheless, Rajapaksa’s hopes have been dashed as Ranil Wickremesinghe‘s United Nationwide Social gathering received a closely- fought election to type a nationwide unity authorities.