Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the former Government purchased a MiG aircraft from Ukraine for USD 7.2 million yet the official documents show the aircraft had been purchased for USD 14.7 million.
Senaratne claimed that former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa had taken USD 7.5 million and it was now stored at a bank in Hong Kong.
Speaking at a United National Party election rally in Beruwala today, Senaratne said that slain journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga had exposed details related to the controversial MiG aircraft deal.
He said that details on the deal were in the hands of the Attorney General.
The Health Minister also said that the Government has been urged to expedite the cases related to the family of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
However he claims the delay to expedite some cases was as a result of the interference by former Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe.
Senaratne accused Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe of having secret dealings with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa when Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe was the Justice Minister.
He says now that there is a new Justice Minister the cases will be expedited and the permanent address of the Rajapaksa family in 2020 will be Welikada. (Colombo Gazette)