Sri Lankan police have produced millions of rupees in cash in a court of law that were found by anti-government protesters at the official residence of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa after he fled the mansion following the mass uprising against his government three weeks ago.
Hundreds of anti-government protesters raided then-President Rajapaksa’s residence in the high-security Fort area of central Colombo on July 9, after breaking through barricades, demanding his resignation over the island’s worst economic crisis in recent years. history.
Amid unprecedented anti-government protests, Rajapaksa fled the country on July 13 to the Maldives and then to Singapore from where he emailed his letter of resignation.
The protesters found 17.85 million Sri Lankan rupees in his mansion, which were later handed over to the police.
The Superintendent of Police in charge of the Colombo Central Crimes Investigation Division handed over the money to the Fort Magistrate’s Court on Friday according to Thursday’s order, New First reports, an online portal.
Magistrate Thilina Gamage said there is reasonable suspicion as to why the officer in charge (OIC) of the Fort Police failed to produce the money for three weeks.
The magistrate also said the court was not aware of any special circumstances for the money originally given to the Fort Police to be produced through a Slave Island special police unit.
Magistrate ordered the Inspector General of Police to immediately investigate the delay in producing the money and file a report with the court.
To this end, the chief of police was instructed to appoint the director of the Special Investigations Unit at the police headquarters and to provide him with the necessary assistance.
Sri Lanka has seen months of massive unrest over the worst economic crisis, with the government filing for bankruptcy in mid-April by refusing to pay its international debt.
The previous Rajapaksa government is accused of screwing up the economic crisis.
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