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UNP won’t protect thieves

The UNP would never protect fraudsters or let them remain in the party, UNP leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday.

Addressing a party grassroots level leaders’ meeting at DKW Cultural Hall in Hatton, the Prime Minister said: “The UNP is not a party of thieves. If there are any they will be expelled from it. Today, we have ensured investigations of all sorts. Even ministers are being investigated.

The Attorney General has been given powers to summon and question ministers, too. Had there been similar situation under previous governments? In the past, the Attorney General was a stooge of the President and acted according the presidential directives. If there was any overriding of those directives, the Attorney General faced the threat of being sacked or being abducted in a white van. We have ensured transparency in investigations being conducted in an impartial manner. I will assure you that this government will never protect thieves.”


PM Wickremesinghe said that there what had been revealed before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into alleged Central Bank bond controversies could lead to a resignation.


He said resignations had taken place under similar circumstances in Western countries.


Meanwhile, Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella yesterday said the UNP parliamentary group would shortly meet to discuss the no-faith motion to be moved against Foreign Minister Karunanayake.

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