COLOMBO (TIP): The brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was among eight persons against whom the Sri Lankan graft commission filed a corruption case on for causing a loss of nearly US$ 75 million to the country.
Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, 67, was the powerful secretary to the Ministry of Defence under his brother’s rule. He and seven others were implicated in the case they had caused a loss of over 11 billion Sri Lankan rupees (USD 74.93 million) to the state.
The floating armory was seized by the police after Rajapaksa lost the presidential election in January, 2015 and the operation was later handed back to the navy.
The Rajapaksa family has faced many cases of alleged wrongdoings during the decade when they were in power. They have dubbed all cases as politically motivated to extract revenge from them.