"Pandora Papers" Revelations Rock Sri Lanka's Political Establishment: But Opposition Leader Premadasa Still Deafeningly Silent

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa is still deafeningly silent about the revelations made by "Pandora Papers" against former Deputy Minister Nirupama Rajapaksa and her husband Thiru Nadesan, a businessman.

The names of Rajapaksa and her husband are mentioned in 'Pandora Papers' - a leak of almost 12 million documents that revealed hidden wealth, tax avoidance and, in some cases, money laundering - obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Rajapaksa is a closely related to President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

However, it is alarming that the Leader of the Opposition is yet to issue a statement on the matter nearly two days after the revelation. Although these revelations have sparked publuc resentment in Sri Lanka, Premadasa seems to have ignored the matter completely.

A number of people have questioned on social media as to why Premadasa is silent about the massive relevation which has shaken the political establishment of Sri Lanka. "This easily exceeds the biggest cases of corruption ever reported in Sri Lanka. Nadesan and Rajapaksa have maintained close links with many prominent political leaders for decades. It is very important that the country's law enforcement authorities investigate these allegations in a fair and transparent manner, a highly placed political source told Asian Mirror.

When the revelations were made against Rajapaksa and her husband, Premadasa was in the Hambanthota district speaking to farmers who are affected by the fertiliser crisis.

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