Friday, January 8, 2010


Leading News from Sri Lanka ::

* Sri Lanka Central Bank to probe suspicious foreign transactions in the run-up to the election
Fri, Jan 8, 2010, 11:48 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

( By Sujith Madugalle)

Jan 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Central Bank has started a formal investigation on large number of suspicious foreign transactions in the country, bank's governing body said.

According to reliable sources, the Central Bank has received information on the transfers of large sums of money to key opposition politicians' accounts in the last two weeks.

Some businesses too have received unprecedented amounts of foreign currencies from overseas recently, sources at the Central Bank revealed.

"It seems that some people pumping money for the opposition election campaign from overseas," a Deputy Director told ColomboPage on condition of anonymity as they are not authorized to speak to the media.

Lands Minister Rajitha Senarathna has accused NGOs and Pro-LTTE organizations for financially backing General Sarath Fonseka's campaign.

"We will prove how they got money from overseas," he told the parliament.

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