The United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna have stated that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would be stripped of his civic rights and thereby shatter his dreams of becoming the Prime Minister, even if he secures a parliamentary seat.
United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) General Secretary and Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka addressing a press briefing last Tuesday said that the former President would lose not only his MP post but also his civic rights for violation of the Clause No: 157 of the Constitution.
He said the Constitution clearly says that aiding and abetting a terrorist outfit is an offense that could result in the loss of civic rights for seven years. “The former president Mahinda Rajapaksa would be stripped of his civic rights if he was found guilty of misappropriating Tsunami funds and funding the LTTE which fought for separatism,” the Minister added.
These sentiments were echoed by JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayaka almost three weeks ago in an exclusive interview with The Nation. The JVP leader said that the allegations on funding the LTTE through the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) headed by former MP Tiran Alles will be investigated, regardless of who comes to power.
Both the Minister and the JVP leader added that the immunity which is due for a President will not protect him in the case, since he had taken measures in his capacity as the then finance minister and not as the President.
“He has issued orders to the Treasury asking to release the funds to three NGOs which were limited only to the letter heads. Instead of Cabinet papers, he has made Cabinet notes for the construction of 1200 Tsunami houses in the North and the three NGOs had received money but not a single house had been constructed,” the minister added.