Sri Lankan police have arrested Yoshitha Rajapaksa, the son of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa. An official reported that he was arrested during an investigation into money laundering allegations. Yoshitha Rajapaksa is a lieutenant in the Sri Lankan Navy.
Yoshitha was arrested by financial crimes investigators following questions over his association with the management of a private television company and money laundering allegations, confirmed police spokesperson Ruwan Ganasekara. Ganasekara added that after questioning Yoshitha, bail was rejected by the magistrate and ordered that the former president’s son be detained for 14 days.
He further stated that along with Yoshitha, media secretary and Carlton Sports Network (CSN) Chairman, Rohan Weliwita and younger brother of Arjun Ranatunga and cricket administrator Nishantha Ranatunga were also arrested on the same charges.
According to The New York Times, last week a government minister told officials that a navy investigation resulted with the finding that the former president’s son was improperly promoted. As well as permitted to attend training programs in Britain and Ukraine. The complete expense of which were paid for by the government.
After the former president’s brother, Yoshitha is the second member of the family to be arrested. Basil Rajapaksha, a former economic development minister, was charged with misappropriation of state funds.
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa made allegations that the present government was leading a witch hunt aiming at his family, noted Al Jazeera.
Mr. Rajapaksa said in a meeting, “arrest my sons, my wife, my brothers… I will not be moved. All these things will only strengthen the Rajapaksa brand.”
He added, “These are all acts of revenge against me.”
The law, under which Yoshitha was arrested, was introduced to track terrorists’ funds. Mahinda said that he defeated the terrorists using that law and the same law had been used to arrest his son.