Mangala in offshore container scam?
Police Headquarters will initiate an inquiry into a case where former
Port and Civil Aviation Minister Mangala Samaraweera is claimed to have
accepted Rs.270million from Kamil Kuthubdeen to facilitate an offshore
container port during the regime of Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.
Ruwan Sugathadasa, one time Coordinating Secretary of late MP
Sripathi Sooriyarachchi submitted an affidavit to the Inspector General
of Police on Friday claiming that Mangala Samaraweera and his confidante
Ruwan Ferdinandz had accepted Rs.270million from Kamil Kuthubdeen, who
was charged as one of the main suspects of the biggest ever tax fraud in
the country, the "VAT Scam" that went to the extent of billions of
rupees, the sources said.
The affidavit claims that the aforesaid duo had claimed the sum of
money from shipping tycoon Kamil Kuthubdeen who was also the proprietor
of K Port (pvt) Ltd to approve him an offshore container port in
Orugodawatta. Following the allegations levelled in the affidavit IGP N
K Illangakoon had ordered to record a statement from Ruwan Sugathadasa,
a senior officer attached to police headquarters confirmed the *Sunday