For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
One of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s racketeer friends, the head of Triad Advertising and Derana Network, Dilith Jayaweera also known as “Money Laundering” Jayaweera has threatened the Opposition Leader’s brother and the head of TNL TV, Shan Wickremesinghe with death.
Shan Wickremesinghe has joined a current affairs programme on TNL TV and said that the Colombo Stock Exchange had fallen after the shooting of MP Duminda Silva and that Dilith Jayaweera has been questioned about the irregularities that had taken place in the stock market.
Angered by the comments, “Money Laundering” Jayaweera had telephoned Shan Wickremesinghe and the presenter of the show Attorney Sudath Jayasundera and had threatened them. Managing Director of Derana, Madhava had also threatened Sudath Jayasundera.
One of the main shareholders of Triad Advertising, Varuni Amunugama had meanwhile telephoned Shan Wickremesinghe’s daughter Ishini Wickremesinghe and scolded her. Ishini Wickremesinghe joined Minister Sarath Amunugama’s daughter Varuni Amunugama in starting Triad Advertising during Chandrika Kumaratunge’s tenure in office. Ishini Wickremesinghe moved out of Triad Advertising after she married Asitha Perera.
Asitha is currently serving as the Sri Lankan ambassador to Italy and Ishini is also residing in Italy.
However, Shan Wickremesinghe had complained to the IGP about the threat to him and his staff. TNL sources said there has not yet been any response to the complaint.
We earlier reported that its was Duminda Silva, Dilith Jayweera and Nimal Perera who were responsible for investing the millions of rupees earned by the Defence Secretary in an irregular manner in Sri Lanka and overseas and that it is in this backdrop that Dilith Jayaweera became to be known as “Money Laundering” Jayaweera.
Since Duminda Silva is a parliamentarian it is his brother and head of the ABC Network, Raynor Silva who has invested the Defence Secretary’s monies.
It has now been found that Dilith Jayaweera, Nimal Perera and Raynor Silva are responsible for large scale frauds that had taken place in the stock exchange and the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission Malik Cader is to be removed from the post for inquiring into the matter.
However, Shan Wickremesinghe has vowed to his staff that regardless of the challenges he would have to face in the future, the corruption and fraud taking place the in the stock exchange would be revealed.