Fraud, corruption, abuse of power:
Mangala stands accused
Former Minister Mangala Samaraweera was involved in massive frauds
and enjoyed the privileges of 10 Cabinet Ministers when he was the Ports
and Aviation Minister, said Power Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage.
Addressing a press briefing at the Media Ministry, the Minister said
Samaraweera was involved in leasing out a land belonging to the Sri
Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) to a cement company owned by a UNP
He said the Criminal Investigation Department was investigating this
Former Minister Samaraweera is engaged in slinging mud at the
Government fearing the outcome of the investigation.
Minister Aluthgamage said Samaraweera has received a Rs. 12 million
gratification after the transaction was completed and the cheque was
issued in favour of a Foundation in Matara which was cashed by a close
"The world will soon know how former Minister Mangala Samaraweera who
himself appeared as the embodiment of sincerity was engaged in a number
of frauds and financial mismanagement," he said.
The Minister said Samaraweera has said the Government was trying to
arrest him as he was involved in critizing the Government.
Minister Aluthgamage said the motive behind this false propaganda
campaign was to evade legal action against fraud in the ports and
He is the first Government Minister who fixed a lift to a two storied
The SLPA had allocated over Rs. 2 million for this, he said. A
swimming pool was built at his residence when he was the Minister. The
Minister said Samaraweera utilised over Rs. 120 million drawn from the
SLPA for painting and partitioning his office building.
"Mangala Samaraweera defied the Government's decision to end the
monopoly enjoyed by a cement company in relation to unloading cement
from the Trincomalee Harbour", he said.
"Samaraweera did not allow other companies to engage in unloading
cement and the particular company was given full right to unload cement
for five years more".