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Mervyn turns accuser

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Complains to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) about former heroes

Former Minister and Parliamentarian Mervyn Silva yesterday directly accused former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa of being complicit in the murder of former Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickramatunge, while also claiming to have evidence implicating former Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa in corruption.

Silva made the allegations after lodging a complaint with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) against the two Rajapaksa brothers. Speaking to reporters outside the CID Headquarters, the parliamentarian also claimed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son Yoshitha had been behind the assault on his son Malaka.

Dubbing the former defense secretary as the ‘father of white van culture,’ he also claimed Gotabaya Rajapaksa was involved in many other murders besides that of the former Sunday Leader Editor and that these would be revealed during investigations.
Silva further alleged Basil Rajapaksa owned shares at the Marriott Hotel in Dubai and that he had a house spread over 23 acres in Biyagama. He also claimed Basil Rajapaksa’s wife was obtaining money through the Colombo Port City Project.  
“I am aware there are also allegations against me. Anyone can level allegations. I’m not scared of them,” he further said.

Silva said he had come forward with evidence to prove the wrongdoing of Basil and Gotabaya Rajapaksa in an effort to aid in ‘good governance’.

He denied he was coming forward out of a desire for revenge. “This is not about revenge. Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe are gentlemen politicians. They will assure good governance without descending to revenge politics,” Silva opined.

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