John Amaratunga

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John Amaratunga

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Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs
Assumed office
20 December 2018
PresidentMaithripala Sirisena
Prime MinisterRanil Wickremesinghe
Preceded byWasantha Senanayake
Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs
In office
4 September 2015 – 26 October 2018
PresidentMaithripala Sirisena
Prime MinisterRanil Wickremesinghe
Succeeded byWasantha Senanayake
Minister of Land
In office
2 March 2016 – 2017
PresidentMaithripala Sirisena
Prime MinisterRanil Wickremesinghe
Minister of Interior
In office
2001–2003
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Gampaha District
Assumed office
1989
Personal details
Born (1940-05-21) 21 May 1940 (age 79)
NationalitySri Lankan
Political partyUnited National Party
Other political
affiliations
United National Front
Residence88 Negombo Road, Kandana
OccupationAttorney-at-Law

John Anthony Emmanuel Amaratunga (Sinhala: ජෝන් ඇන්තනී එමානුවෙල් අමරතුංග) (born 21 May 1940) is a Sri Lankan politician and lawyer. He is a representative of Gampaha District for the United National Party in the Parliament of Sri Lanka. He resides in Kandana.He is the current minister Tourism Development, Christian Religious Affairs and Land in the United National Party led government. He also held the powerful ministry of Interior in the 2001-2004 United National Party government.

Controversy[edit]

Fraudulent Acquisition of Property[edit]

In 2018 John Amaratunga was accused of aiding the fraudulent acquisition of a property worth Rs. 7 Billion from an elderly couple as well as holding them hostage. Eighty-six year-old Wimalsen Fernando and his wife Shiranie Fernando learnt that their property in Gregory’s Road, Colombo was fraudulently acquired by a person named Prasad Deshapriya Vitharana of Kalubowila. When the property was visited by the couple they were held hostage by Amaratunga's guards and privately hired goons. When the couple's lawyers attempted to enter the property they met Amaratunga in the property who used abusive language to threaten them and attempted to evict them from the property but the lawyers forced their way to the couple. The couple was threatened and Vitharana had extorted money from them with death threats. While the couple complained to the Cinnamon Gardens police they did not have an inquiry for more than five months and no statement was taken taken from Amaratunga. When the media questioned the police they claimed to be "unaware" of the incident. John Amaratunga accepted that the accused was a friend but denied the allegations that he abused his powers to stop the investigations or that to threatening the lawyers instead he claimed he only asked them to leave calling them tresspasses. [1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dispute over billion rupee Colombo 7 property". The Sunday Times Sri Lanka. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Politician Involved in Acquiring Property". www.dailymirror.lk. Retrieved 1 March 2019.