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* Police rejects Sri Lanka Opposition MP's claim that he would be arrested for statement on Colombo port city
Thu, Feb 27, 2014, 11:48 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka police today denied a claim made by the Opposition United National Party parliamentarian Dr. Harsha de Silva that he would be arrested for making an inflammatory statement.

Police Media Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana today denied the statement made by the UNP MP that police were ready to arrest him for a statement the MP made regarding the Colombo Port City.

SSP Rohana said that there is no truth to the MP's statement and denied that there were any orders given to arrest or to investigate him.

The MP told media yesterday that some websites had reported that orders had been given to arrest him over his comments as the government has considered the statements are inflammatory.

Dr. De Silva said he was accused of providing false information to people regarding the construction of the Colombo port city which is contracted to a Chinese company.

The MP alleged that the government has given the contract to construct the Colombo Port City, which would be built reclaiming over 400 acres of sea off the Gall Face in Colombo, to the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) which had been blacklisted by the World Bank.

The World Bank has debarred the Chinese company from taking World Bank-funded projects until 2017 following a corruption probe on a road project in the Philippines.

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