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VOL. 2, NO. 192

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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 follow.

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 parliament.
Published: Mon Oct 15 03:58:35 EDT 2001

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