Mangala Samaraweera’s remains cremated

The remains of former Minister Mangala Samaraweera were cremated today at the Borella cemetery in Colombo.

Only his close family members were permitted inside as a result of the Covid health guidelines.

A number of politicians witnessed the cremation from outside the cemetery.

He passed away while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo after contracting the coronavirus.

The former Minister was 65-years old at the time of his death.

The former Minister had been admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital a few days after he tested positive for the virus.

Samaraweera was a strong advocate for human rights and democracy.

He served as a Foreign Minister and Finance Minister in the former Government but stepped down from politics last year.

The former Minister continued his fight to protect human rights and democracy until his death. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Poor Sri Lankans are dying at the government hospitals with less facilities. On top of that they have to pay bribes to open the body bags to identify their loved ones. But former Finance Minister dies in a private hospital. The current Finance Minister will move to America to receive a top class treatment, because he is an American citizen. I am waiting to see where corrupt journalists will receive a treatment if they get sick, especially Easwaran Rutnam.

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