Jun 30, 2018

Funds withdrawn even after Udayanga’s accounts were suspended!

Five days after the former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunge’s bank accounts were suspended based on a court order, over Rs. 35.2 million had been withdrawn from these accounts, the FCID notified the court.

The case was taken up before the Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday (29).

The FCID had noted that the said accounts needed to be inspected and Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne had given them permission to do so.

The FCID also received permission from the Magistrate to inspect the accounts of another five officers with regard to the MiG aircraft deal.

The Magistrate also ordered that the secret documents presented by the FCID over the MiG deal be kept under the custody of the Registrar.

The FCID further noted that investigations were also underway regarding the Rs. 20 million found to be in a bank account belonging to an aunt of Udayanga Weeratunge known as Indrani Manamperi.

They also notified court that Udayanga Weeratunge has 16 bank accounts in several countries including Panama and Latvia and these countries had received foreign remittances.

Udayanga Weeratunge is a party to the 2008 MiG deal and the FCID had also notified court that in addition to that deal he had also been involved in another aircraft import deal.

They also informed court that the FCID is in the process of exchanging information with Ukraine under the Exchange Transfer Act over 13 criminal acts.

The Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered the FCID to present to court the progress of the information being carried out so far on August 24.


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