Corruption of Mahinda’s period rocks the British Parliament

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:06 GMT, Jul 20, 2018 |

Rampant corruption during the former Rajapaksa-regime has rocked the British Parliament too and is threatening to undermine the government of Prime Minister Theresa May, according to foreign media reports.

A British MP is likely to lose his seat following revelations that he and his family accepted luxury holidays from the then government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to defend his dismal human rights record.

Legislator Ian Paisley Jr of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) allied with May’s Conservatives, was yesterday(Thursday) fighting to retain his seat in the House of Commons following an Standards Committee recommendation to suspended him till November.

JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake told Parliament yesterday that the Rajapaksa administration had paid in excess of Rs.45 million to entertain the Paisley family in 2013 and demanded an investigation into who instigated the bribe.

“There should be an investigation to find out who organised his holiday and who paid for it,” Ratnayake said demanding that the authorities launch a fresh probe into the scandal that has rocked the British Parliament.

Paisley, his wife and children flew business class twice to Sri Lanka in 2013. They were provided with a chauffeur-driven Mercedes, helicopter rides and five-star accommodation all paid for by the Sri Lankan government.

After accepting the luxury holidays from Sri Lanka, he had written to the then British Prime Minister David Cameron in defence of Rajapaksa’s human rights record. Failure to disclose his expensive gifts from Sri Lanka before lobbying the prime minister prompted sanctions against him.

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