Mihin Lanka was created by the previous government in order to propagate the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to the world. By investing Crores of Rupees from the Public Funds this Mihin Lanka was started, but it was running on loss due to the financial scandals within the company.
This Decision to Close the Mihin Lanka has been taken as per the recommendations made by the Cope Reporting Team. According to its Reports the Mihin Lanka Company had incurred a loss of Rs.3.3 Billion in the year 2013.
Apart from this, during the last year the loss incurred by Sri Lankan Air Lines Services added to the increasing of the heavy loss. The Cope Reports President Gunasekara also recommended annexing Mihin Lanka with the Sri Lankan Air Services.
In the meantime, yesterday, a complaint has been launched with the Ordering Commission to conduct an investigation with regard to the financial fraudulence and the Scams that had took place in Mihin Lanka.
Gota Faces Risk Of Prosecution Under Jurisdiction Of US Laws
US Law Professor Ryan Goodman, in an article to New York Times, today says that former Defence Secretary of Sri Lanka, a US citizen, faces the risk of prosecution under US laws over alleged war crimes.
“As a citizen, Mr. Rajapaksa can be held liable under the War Crimes Act of 1996, which puts war crimes anywhere in the world under the jurisdiction of United States courts if the perpetrator, or the victim, is a United States citizen. Put another way, the United States has a perfect justification to go after Mr. Rajapaksa individually,” Goodman said.
The law Professor added that Gotabaya Rajapaksa was a naturalized American citizen who used to live in Los Angeles, where he worked as a computer systems operator at Loyola Law School.
“The United States could help by signaling its own interest in opening a criminal case against Mr. Rajapaksa in the event that Sri Lanka doesn’t. That would give the new government both an opportunity and a justification to clean its house. Because of Mr. Rajapaksa’s citizenship, the United States would also be less vulnerable to accusations that it was meddling in the affairs of another nation,” Goodman added.
He also says the UN led inquiry offers both too much and too little at this point.
“Too much, because pushing for full, sweeping accountability in this fragile moment of transition could destabilize the new government and jeopardize the warming of relations between the United States and Sri Lanka. Too little, because the United Nations investigation doesn’t have any teeth — the panel leading it doesn't have the powers of a criminal tribunal, and cannot even impose a financial penalty,” the Professor stated.
Fresh probes into several murders committed in past few yearsFresh probes will be launched in to the killings of TNA MPs Nataraja Raviraj and Joseph Pararajasingham, founding Editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper Lasantha Wickrematunge and former Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says.
The Minister made this comment at a new briefing held on the discussions at the National Executive Council.
The Minister further said that he too approves the complaints lodged by former Minister Mervyn Silva to the CID regarding these killings.
A special unit is to be set up to probe these murders.
Politically appointed overseas mission heads recalled
The government has recalled all politically appointed diplomats, who are not qualified Foreign Service personnel, in its overseas missions back to the country.
The new Foreign Secretary has informed 57 such Ambassadors and High Commissioners to return to the country before February 28th.