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Eran demands release of bond scam forensic audit report

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United National Party (UNP) MP Eran Wickramaratne demanded yesterday that the forensic audit report on the alleged bond scam be publicised.

“It was an independent audit carried out by international auditors KPMG and BDO. Why is it not being released? We urge the President to see to it,” Wickramaratne told Parliament yesterday.

“If there were thieves in our government, bring them before the law and take action against them as needed,” he added.

The report cost the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) a staggering Rs. 900 million to put together. Since last week, lawmakers have been urging Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to table the document in Parliament.

However, Attorney General Dappula De Livera has requested the Speaker not to release it, the Speaker told Parliament on Tuesday (7).

In his speech yesterday, Wickramaratne asked the new government not to “buy time” looking for reasons to further delay the release of the report.

“Don’t try to brush any revelations made in this report under the carpet. The Attorney General got this report two and a half months ago,” he said.

Referring to findings made in 2017 by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on the controversial bond issuance, the former State Minister of Finance said: “Earlier it was said the loss to the country [from the alleged scam] was Rs. 11 billion. But according to this report, there is a much bigger problem, which must be investigated.”

“The biggest loss is to the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF). Those who stole people’s hard-earned money have to be punished. We urge the president to follow through with this,” he added.