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Several government Ministers and MPs yesterday urged for a special investigation on previous Rajapaksa regime having paid money to five British MPs including MP Ian Paisley.

State Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva alleged that it has been revealed that another British MP was paid by the ex-Rajapaksa regime. “This MP has apparently visited Sri Lanka nine times during two months. According to reports, the ex-regime has paid five MPs in the same manner. Paisley had admitted that he accepted the said money. Some reports say that he has been paid Pounds 100,000.”

State Minister Niroshan Perera joining said an investigation into this incident should be held immediately to find out how this money was paid and by whom.

UNP MP Mujibur Rahuman also demanded the Foreign Ministry to conduct an investigation with regards to the matter.

It was also pointed out that former Ambassador to Great Britain Chris Nonis and then Minister G.L. Peiris should also be inquired upon with this regard.

JVP MP Bimal Rathnayake said the Consultative Committee on Foreign Affairs had been given directives to conduct an investigation on the scandal.

(Daily News)

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