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Eran questions COPE’s stance on injustice in Sri Lanka

Quoting various issues pertaining to injustices faced in Sri Lanka currently and in the past, Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP Eran Wickramaratne questioned the stance of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) on these matters and further asked why such obvious crimes are ignored.

He made these comments during his speech in Parliament today (22).

“In January of 2020 we had an issue where the Airbus company and Sri Lankan Airlines had committed a major fraud. This was even proven by the Southwark High Courts in Great Britain. In America, Imaad Shah Zuberi was put behind bars and was sentenced to pay a hefty fine for conning Sri Lanka. All these are proven cases, but what has the Sri Lankan Government done about this? While the rest of the world is bringing criminals to justice, our Government and the COPE is filing complaints, with no final investigation or justice,” accused Eran.

He further emphasised that he is not talking about the individuals who had committed the said crimes, but blames the Government for not investigating the matters and taking action.

“The Government is silent and is only filing cases. Is this what the COPE is for? When we question these things in Parliament, the Government blames us for instigating political problems and politicising issues which are not supposed to be politicised,” he concluded.

Wickramaratne, during his speech also questioned the ethics of the COPE, stating that if such investigations do not take place, the purpose of having a committee is not needed.