I’ve been doing this weekly show on an almost weekly basis now. The latest one covers Yoshitha Rajapaksa’s recent arrest (for money laundering connecting to the TV station CSN). You can watch it here:
My broad point here is that the days of political sons being above the law should be over and that it’s fair that Yoshitha is facing trial. During the Rajapaksa time a lot of people operated like they’d never be out of power, which inevitably leads to corruption. It also led to stuff like CSN, where Yoshitha was obviously getting involved with a TV station and where there was obvious dodginess regarding at least the allocation of rights to broadcast cricket.
The law was changed to allow any sports TV station to bid on rights (which was partly why MTV was randomly renamed MTV Sports) and yet CSN won certain cricket rights unopposed. It was also especially unusual that Rupavahini didn’t bid. Furthermore, the CEO of CSN was also the Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket (Nishantha Ranatunga). When people pointed out that this was a conflict, the response was that the Sports Minister OK’d it, so it was OK.
All of this displayed a fundamental misunderstanding of governance and ethics. The logic seemed to be that if certain people (the President, Ministers) approved of something it was fine, even if it was illegal. This of course isn’t how the law works.
When the government changed so did those people and people like Yoshitha were exposed. This should be done, which is why the work of the Financial Crimes Investigation Division is nothing to dash coconuts at.
But anyways, watch the video.