President Mahinda Rajapakse's Co-Ordinating Secretary Sajin Vass Gunawardene has revealed plans to freeze The Sunday Leader accounts and force it out of business. Gunawardene has told confidants the Government was planning to get court orders on the pretext of investigating the accounts of Leader Publications and force it to shut down.
The Government earlier adopted a similar strategy to force the closure of the Maubima and Sunday Standard newspapers by freezing its bank accounts.
Gunawardene whose corrupt dealings were earlier exposed by The Sunday Leader has also said that he was spearheading the campaign to force The Sunday Leader out of business to put a lid on criticism of the Government.
Source: The Sunday Leader (subsription required)