Interpol after Lankanewsweb operator
Issues Red Notice for arrest:
Interpol Headquarters in France has issued a Red Notice for the
arrest of Chandima Anil Withanaarachchi, operator of Lankanewsweb.com,
According to investigations carried out by the CID, Withanaarachchi,
a lawyer has fled the country with his wife after several of his
fraudulent activities had come to light.
The High Court of Colombo has issued a warrant to arrest him for
failure to appear in Court for charges under Articles 113, 102 and 102
to be read with 456 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
They include among other matters, alleged forgery, aiding and
abetting and collectively conspiring to prepare fraud. This case is
coming up in High Court on September 16, 2010.
Investigations have further revealed that Lankanewsweb.com has been
registered as a secret website with a sole contact address ceo@Lankawebnews.com.
However, the website is being operated from Withanaarachchi’s
residence in the UK. Lankanewsweb.com has earned notoriety for
publishing false and fabricated news slandering President Mahinda
Rajapaksa and other members of the Government. Last week it carried a
totally fabricated ‘exclusive’ story which said that the Government has
given a Chinese firm a contract to clear dead bodies from the
Nanthikadal lagoon in Mullaitivu.
The External Affairs Ministry is to take up with the new Government
of the UK, Withanaarachchi’s anti-Sri Lankan activities from British
soil. Incidentally, it has also being revealed that the website has
received funds prior to and following the Presidential Election in
January 26, from a millionaire businessmen who had dealings with the
LTTE in the North.
Several self-exiled Sri Lankan journalists, including one who is
facing corruption allegations in a media organisation are now reportedly
hunting for funds from European donors together with Withanaarachchi.
The arrest warrant issued by High Court of Colombo on