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 Post subject: Minister in Rs. 15 million job scam
 Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 2:09 am 
Minister ditches youth in Japan
Rs. 15 million job scam exposed

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@ The Nation /Sunday June 03rd, 2007

Minister of Religious Affairs Pandu Bandaranaike who had allegedly taken 15 youth promising them employment in Japan has ditched them and returned to Sri Lanka, The Nation reliably learns.

The Minister who had been part of a Sri Lanka – Japan cultural exchange programme had taken these youth to Japan in the guise of being ‘delegates’ of the cultural exchange programme.

However, at the Narita International Airport in Tokyo, when the Japanese Airport authorities had made inquires from the delegation led by the Minister, it was discovered that these youth did not have the necessary documents to proceed, and so they were detained. After being questioned by the authorities they had told that they had paid rupees 1 million each to a job agent to accompany the minister.

A few attempts made by the Minister to get the 15 ‘delegates’ released proved futile. The Minister has returned to the country leaving them behind. However, it is learnt that the youth are still unaware that the Minister had left them and returned to the country.

A spokesman attached to the Japanese Embassy confirmed the incident but refused to divulge details of those who were part of the scam, owing to ‘embassy policy’.

Numerous attempts made by The Nation to contact Minister Bandaranaike proved futile.

In yet another development, Japanese police raided the restaurant of a Sri Lankan entrepreneur in Tokyo and arrested several Sri Lankans working there.

It was revealed that these youth did not posses necessary work permits or documents for employment in Japan either.

It has been reported that the Sri Lankan Tourist Board has had a hand in this matter.


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 Post subject: CID questions Minister Pandu Bandaranaike
 Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 2:11 am 
CID questions Minister Pandu Bandaranaike

(@ LT/15th June 2007 - 18:12 S.L.T)

Pandu Bandaranaike, Acting Minister of Religious and Moral Development is to be questioned by the Criminal Investigation Department with regard to a case of broken employment pledges and deserting 15 youths at Japan.

The minister from Gampaha is allegedly taken Rs. 15 million from 15 youths employment promises, taken them to Japan saying they are being taken for a youth exchange programme.

At the Nareeta airport Tokyo Mr. Bandaranaike has sought diplomatic support to get the youths cleared from immigration barriers when the Japanese Migration authorities denied the youths from entering the country. However the 15 youths were taken to custody and the minister having deserted them has returned to Sri Lanka without the knowledge youths.

The CID has requested the Speaker for the permission to question the minister who is also a parliamentarian of ruling party and reportedly the presidential secretary is also informed.


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