The news in circulation
On October 1, 2021, a news item titled “93 Pandora billionaires in Sri Lanka” was published in the Divaina newspaper.
The news under the title was “The foreign assets and black money of 93 Sri Lankans have been invested in banks and foreign companies in 48 countries, according to Pandora documents revealed by the investigative media network.”
The news published on October 7, 2021 reading, “The names of 93 more Sri Lankans have been released. Nissanka Senadhipathi is also in the list.”
“There are 35 names on the Pandora Papers; ‘Nirupama Rajapaksa (represented by her husband’s name), Arjun Aloysius, Ravi Karunanayake, D.M Jayaratne, Sajin Vaas Gunawardena, Buddy Wettasinghe, Sirisena Cooray, Dudley Sirisena, Rohan Pallewatta, Samarasinghe Arachchige Madush Lakshitha (Makandure Madush), Gampola Vidanelage Saman Kumara (Wele Suda), Bimal Ratnayake, Krrishmal Warnasuriya (Lawyer), Anoma Gamage (Daya Group business), Rauf Hakeem, A.H.M. Fowzie, Vijayakala Maheswaran, Ali Zaheer Moulana, S. B. Navinna, Karunaratne Paranavithana, Velusamy Radhakrishnan, Samadara Ranatunga, Hema Premadasa, Malik Samarawickrema, Sujatha Senaratne, Kavan Perera, Rohan Perera, Mavai Senathirajah, S. Yogeshwaran, Ajith Devasurendra, R. Rajamahendran and Jaya Sri Ranga.’
There is nothing more bitter than politics. Let’s see what the so-called fair-income earners JVPs have to say. Now the Pandora Papers would be fake”
The news was uploaded with a list “Pandora is rocking the world again. Here is the list of 93 Sri Lankans”
During our inspection, we discovered that the I.C.I.J organization has published data on countries individually on their official website in relation to previous exploratory revelations. It includes the names of 93 Sri Lankans, 22 names revealed by Panama Papers, 43 names revealed by Offshore Leaks, 18 names revealed by Paradise Papers – Appleby, and 10 names revealed by Paradise Papers – Malta Corporate registry.
The only Sri Lankans revealed so far in the recent Pandora Papers are Nirupama Rajapaksa, a former deputy minister in Sri Lanka, and her husband, Thirukumar Nadesan who is a businessman.
Note of Bimal Rathnayake
The name of the JVP member Bimal Ratnayake was also mentioned in the post circulating on social media and he had stated on his official Facebook account that the news was untrue.
Therefore, the news stating that 93 Sri Lankans have been revealed with the list of names as was in the recent Pandora Papers is misleading.