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The Department of Prisons noted that son of MP Mahinda Rajapaksa, Lieutenant of the Navy, Yoshitha Rajapaksa, presently remanded on suspicion of involvement in money laundering, is presently being detained under close monitoring.

Yoshitha Rajapaksa and others including Minister Arjuna Ranatunga’s brother Nishantha Ranatunga were remanded for their involvement with the Carlton Sports Network.

Commissioner of Prisons (Operations/Intelligence and Security), H.M.T.N. Upuldeniya said that whenever a suspect, the circumstances of whose arrest and detention was controversial, they were kept under intense monitoring.

“There however has been no special security detail attached to him and neither has the area around the Colombo remand prison cell room detaining him and others been declared a special restricted zone,” he added.