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CID, FCID to question family members of former President this week

Three family members of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa have been summoned for questioning at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Financial Crimes Investigation Department (FCID) this week.

Former first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa has been summoned to the CID on Tuesday (15) while her son Yoshitha Rajapaksa is called to appear before CID on Wednesday (16).

Shiranthi Rajapaksa is summoned to record a statement regarding the ongoing investigations into the killing of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.

Mrs. Rajapaksa had been summoned to the CID on July 27 to record a statement related to the handing over of a jeep given to the Siriliya Saviya Foundation from the Red Cross Society to her son Yoshitha Rajapaksa, but she was unable to appear on that date. It has been suspected that the Defender vehicle with the registration number WPK-0642 given to the Red Cross Society from August 2011 to January 20, 2015 was involved in Thajudeen’s death.

Yoshitha Rajapaksa too has been summoned to the CID last month to record a statement with respect to the same incident. He also did not appear for a personal reason.

However, both will appear before the CID this week, former president’s eldest son MP Namal Rajapaksa told media.

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