MP Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son, Lieutenant of the Navy, Yoshitha Rajapaksa, presently remanded for involvement in money laundering at the Carlton Sports Network, has been suspended by the Sri Lanka Navy.

The decision, which came into effect on February 28, has been taken as per a directive of the Ministry of Defence, in order for the present inquiry conducted by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division into the matter to remain an independent one.

Navy Spokesman, Captain Akram Alavi said that RAjapaksa will be deprived of his pay and allowances with immediate effect as per the 1982 Navy Pay Code, which was revised on January 13, 1998 by a Special Gazette Notification numbering 1010/1.

In addition, he will not be permitted entry into any Naval premises without the approval of Naval Headquarters.