COPE report on CB Bond issue:
UPFA to reveal details
Former Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris said there was
no legal barrier to prevent the media from revealing the contents of the
COPE report on the controversial Central Bank Bond issue, as the Colombo
District Court had not extended the restraining order earlier obtained
by Deputy Minister of Justice Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe.
Addressing a media briefing at Opposition Leader's office in Colombo
yesterday, Prof Peiris said the UPFA intends to disclose all the details
in the COPE report to the people.
"We would clearly expose who the crooks are. Other than talking about
crooks over the past six months, the incumbent government has not done
anything on behalf of the country. It has been clearly revealed who is
held responsible for the biggest financial fraud that took place in the
country," he said.
Peiris accused the incumbent government of making a big hue and cry
about a Right to Information Act, while at the same time making every
possible attempt to prevent information from being channeled to society.
"The COPE report on the Central Bank Bond issue was a very important
document formulated under the chairmanship of D.E.W. Gunasekara, so the
people have a right to know its entire details," he said, adding, "We
don't think Deputy Minister Senasinghe would resort to such a course of
action without consulting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe."
Prof. Peiris alleged that it was the Prime Minister who had
instructed Senasinghe to obtain that restraining order. "Do these people
have a genuine desire to ensure the right to information of the people?"
he queried, accusing the Prime Minister of attempting to sweep the COPE
report under the carpet by seeking a restraining order.
Highlighting the arrest of an LTTE operative in Tamil Nadu, he warned
the country's national security was at great risk.
"At present, the LTTE has launched a huge fund raising campaign in
European countries. Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is
also engaged in a massive effort to pressurise the government to
withdraw troops and military camps from the North. In order to realise
his goal, Wigneswaran levels various baseless allegations against the
Security Forces," he said.
Claiming said one minister was forcing the government to immediately
release all LTTE suspects from the Anuradhapura prison, while another
had submitted a Cabinet paper to utilise government funds to pay
compensation to LTTE cadres, he said the war victory achieved after 30
years of terrorism was at great risk of paving the way for the LTTE to
raise its ugly head once again.