A son of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa was arrested on Saturday under the country’s money laundering act and remanded in custody until Feb. 11, the police said.
Several members of the Rakapaksa family are facing police investigations for alleged financial crimes. They include Rajapaksa, who was president for a decade until 2015, his brothers Basil and Gotabaya, his wife Shiranthi and eldest son Namal.
Rakapaksa’s second son, Yoshitha, a 27-year-old naval officer, was arrested with four others, including Rakapaksa’s spokesman and a brother of Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga.
A local court ordered those detained to stay in custody until Feb. 11, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. Read More