The Sunday Leader

Brothels emerge from Colombo massage parlours

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   Brothels have been found to be operating in the guise of massage parlours in Colombo. The Police raided several massage parlours in Colombo and its suburbs last month as well. Many of them had engaged in prostitution in addition to functioning as massage parlours. Fort and Maradana boast of a high number [...]

CID finds cable TV company involved in major fraud

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has found that a private cable television network operating in Sri Lanka has been involved in a major fraud. The discovery was made following a complaint made to the CID over the activities of the cable television network. The cable television industry in Sri Lanka is [...]

Immigration officers demand bribes from asylum seekers

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya and Easwaran Rutnam    Asylum seekers arriving at the Bandaranaike International Airport, are at times forced to give bribes to immigration officers to enter the country. The Sunday Leader learns that the asylum seekers, who come with very little in an attempt to escape persecution or threats in their home country are threatened to [...]

SLFP Minister and businessman brokered no-confidence motion

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   A Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Minister and a top businessman had brokered the recent no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, The Sunday Leader learns. Well informed sources said that the Minister, who later abstained from voting for the motion, had talks with the businessman, who is close to former [...]

Soil excavation racket continues in Minuwangoda

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya A soil excavation racket is continuing in Minuwangoda in collaboration with underworld members and regional politicians. Area residents and others revealed that the racket involves ransom, bribes and threats. The racket, which has been operating for several years, had been highlighted in The Sunday Leader earlier as well. Illegal soil excavation is [...]

Money talks for prisoners #967 and #968

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya They were accused of being involved in a major Treasury bond scam but putting them behind bars did not stop them from using the money they had to bribe officers at the Welikada prison to obtain the best facilities for a short while. Perpetual Treasuries head Arjun Aloysius and Chief Executive Officer Kasun [...]

Minister, businessman behind land filling at Muthurajawela

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   A powerful Minister and a top businessman in Colombo have been linked to the land filling at the Muthurajawela wetland sanctuary. President Maithripala Sirisena had recently ordered a crackdown on damage caused to the environment in the Muthurajawela wetland sanctuary. The Sunday Leader learns that the businessman had been involved in filling part [...]

Corrupt doctors and officials protect Duminda

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   Corrupt doctors and officials at the Welikada Prison and prison hospital have allegedly received bribes to keep convicted criminal Duminda Silva at the prison hospital, The Sunday Leader learns. Duminda Silva is serving a death sentence for committing the murder of four people, including former Parliamentarian Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra. Sources said [...]

Dozens Of Men Describe Rape, Torture In Sri Lanka

One of the men tortured in Sri Lanka said he was held for 21 days in a small dank room where he was raped 12 times, burned with cigarettes, beaten with iron rods and hung upside-down. Another man described being abducted from home by five men, driven to a prison, and taken to a “torture [...]

SriLankan Airlines Scared To Reveal Information

by Nirmala Kannangara Questions have been raised as to why SriLankan Airlines is scared to reveal information sought under the Right to Information Act, by the Airline Pilots’ Guild of Sri Lanka. By letter dated June 29, 2017 the Airline Pilots’ Guild requested the Information Officer of  SriLankan Airlines to provide information pertaining to the [...]

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