Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s Gotabhaya Rajapaksa charged with corruption
Author(s): UNK | Date: August 31, 2016 | Language: English
Source: http://www.bbc.com/ | URL: http://goo.gl/gjLkxf | Type: Text
One of Sri Lanka’s most controversial politicians has been charged with corruption involving the illegal transfer of state-owned weapons.
Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is charged with allowing a private firm to establish a floating armoury.
It is claimed the move deprived the state of more than $75m (£57m).
Mr Rajapaksa, who denies wrongdoing, served as defence secretary during the presidency of his brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa, which ended last year.
The charges were filed in a Colombo magistrates court by a special anti-corruption commission.
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