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Sri Lanka PM says police investigating Chinese funds to Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka's prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe said police were investigating almost 1.4 billion rupees paid by China Harbour Engineering Company to the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa prior to the last election. 

Eighty-two cheques were drawn out in the names of members of the Presidential Secretariat in the run up to Rajapaksa's election defeat, Mr Wickremesinghe told fellow UNP members. 

“Cheques issued by China Harbour Engineering Company are also included in this,” he was wuored by Economy Next as saying. 

China Harbour Engineering Company has rejected the reports. 

“The speculation by an international media organisation that CHEC funded former President’s 2015 Presidential Election campaign is completely inconsistent with the facts,” CHEC said in a statement published on July 5.