JVP refutes joint bank account allegations
Frederica Jansz in Colombo,
12 p.m. SLT Monday October 15.
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna today angrily refuted a media expose over the
weekend which proved that Wimal Weeravansa, Propaganda Secretary of the JVP
and Ruwan Ferdinandez, Coordinating Secretary to Deputy Minister Mangala
Samaraweera share a joint bank account.
The JVP maintain the account is operated by the party and has never been in
the name or names of any individuals.
Tilvin Silva, of the JVP and Wimal Weeravansa at a press conference this
morning charged that two UNP MP's namely, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and Ravi
Karunanayake have bribed a senior bank official at the Peoples Bank -
Nugegoda in order to secure bank statements that belong to the JVP.
The two JVP stalwarts also said that The Sunday Leader, the Ravaya, the
Sunday Times newspaper and TNL Television, all of which gave prominence to
the story, are backing the UNP "which has killed over 60,000 people in this
country" and are now trying to come back into power.
They said this was a joint smear campaign by certain sections of the media
as well as the UNP to tarnish the image of the JVP and character
assassinate its propaganda secretary, Wimal Weeravansa.
Confronted with the fact that The Sunday Leader held original bank
statements of the said account from 1996 to September this year, all of
which are in the names of Ruwan Ferdinandez and Wimal Weeravansa, the JVP
insisted that the documents had been got by bribing a bank official at the
Peoples Bank - Nugegoda, and that a computer adjustment has been made to
place individual names on the said bank statement when in fact the account
is in the name of the JVP.
Told at the press conference that a senior bank officer only last Thursday
confirmed to The Sunday Leader that the bank account was still in the names
of the two individuals concerned, Tilvin Silva continued to charge that
this was a result of the bank officer having been bribed for a substantial
sum of money.
The JVP have threatened law suites against The Sunday Leader, and two UNP
MP's, Ravi Karunanayake and Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.
Tilvin Silva said this was part of a conspiracy by the main opposition UNP
to topple the ruling Peoples Alliance and many more such attempts would
Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, UNP MP meanwhile in a letter addressed to Wimal
Weeravansa last night has called for an explanation from the JVP MP, as to
how he maintains a joint bank account together with presidential
confidante, Mangala Samaraweera's coordinating secretary.
Dr. Senaratne has also called upon Weeravansa to explain why he kept this
account a secret when required to list his assets and liabilities to
Published: Mon Oct 15 03:58:35 EDT 2001