Duminda Silva, multiple rape accusations led him to fail upwards to murder.
Sri Lanka has no political scandals. Scandalous politicians, certainly, but in my memory there is no scandal that has ever toppled a politician. Mahinda alleged to have been putting tsunami money in a personal account? Whatever. Ranil Wickremesinghe being gay? Meh. Mervyn Silva being involved with the underworld, extortion, possible drug-dealing and documented assault? All the better. Duminda Silva being accused of underaged rape, intimidation of a film actress and then a pretty well documented murder? Take a vacation. Nobody seems to care. There are no political scandals in Sri Lanka.
In other countries there seem to be unmarked lines that make politicians resign. If they lose a no-confidence vote, if a sex scandal emerges, if things merely look bad (not even if they are). In Sri Lanka there is just no such thing. Politicians will basically never resign under public pressure, though they can quickly disappear if they offend the powers above. It’s still a sorta feudal system where people aren’t really accountable down the rung.
Here’s some more off the top of my head. Chief Justice Sarath Silva found near Parliament getting frisky with his secretary in a car. Nirmal Silva being caught mounting someone on his desk. Some Minister I can’t remember having a vehicle caught full of weed. In other government’s they would have resigned in shame. Here they just keep failing upwards.
The latest case is the Chairman of the Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha being reinstated into the party while being under arrest for the murder of a British national and possible rape and assault of a Russian. Even in matters that bring shame on the whole nation (ie, not just us assaulting and abusing each other), there is no sense of scandal.