The attorneys representing Perpetual Treasuries Limited have become brazen enough to threaten witnesses, giving evidence before the Presidential Commission investigating the controversial bond issue, stated State Minister of Highways, Dilan Perera.
Addressing a gathering at Hali Ela he said, "People are concerned about two things these days. One is the bond scam and I am shocked to see that the attorneys representing Perpetual Treasuries Limited have become brazen enough to threaten witnesses right in front of the commission. We must say that this company is corrupt. We must tell the lawyers representing the company you are not Ministers. Lawyers can represent their clients but they have no right to threaten witnesses," he said.
Perera added that such behaviour can easily lead to these lawyers being disbarred and that lawyers representing corrupt organizations must act in manner that befits the profession.
"All members of this corrupt organization must go to jail.
The lawyer who threatened the witness must be disbarred," he said. The State Minister added that there is a rumour that a new Act will be brought to limit the freedom of the media. However those who speak about that Bill are speaking without knowing any facts, he said.
"When Gotabhaya Rajapaksa went to Kandy, one of the Anunayakes told him that some of the opposition politicians protest over non issues. We have to pass a Bill for it to be made a law. I will tell media institution not to worry and we have no intention of bringing an act to curb media freedom. However there should be some regulations on how certain people spread fake news on social media," he said.