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"Questioning a former president about his executive actions in unconstitutional," says protesters (Photo: Harsha De Silva)

Opposition kicks up a fuss as Rajapaksa brothers summoned to answer corruption charges

Mon, 20 April 2015 05:18

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(NIDAHASA News) A group of opposition parliamentarians today (20) kicked up a protest in chamber against anti-graft bodies summoning former president and his brother to answer massive allegations against the once most powerful duo in the country.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was asked to report to the Bribery Commission on 24th April while his younger brother and former Defense Secretory Gotabaya was asked to report to the BC on 23rd and 25th.

Over 60 parliamentarians of Former president's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), a party now led by his main opponent of the last presidential election and current president Maithripala Sirisena, protested the commission's decision calming it is unconstitutional.

"If you are questioning a former president about his executive actions, then it is not something that we can accept," said Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva.

De Silva urged the Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, another brother of former president, to pressure the commission to drop the investigation. However the Speaker told he could not give a ruling immediately.

Over 60 opposition parliamentarians protesting in the chamber against inquires (Photo: Daily Mirror)

UPFA MP T.B. Ekanayake said they would not leave the chamber until President Maithripala Sirisena assured them in writing of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 'safety and security.'

After losing a snap presidential poll on January, many prominent figures of Rajapaksa's inner circle were questioned over corruption charges. But this will be the first time Rajapaksa himself will face the probe.

However Rajapaksa's spokesman said that former president is unlikely to report to the Bribery Commission unless he receive a "proper response" regarding the allegations to be probed.

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