Written by Staff Writer
20 Apr, 2016 | 8:20 pm
The Philippines Anti Money Laundering Council or AMLC has filed a civil forfeiture case before a Manila court, paving the way for formal proceedings to return part of the 81 million US dollars stolen from Bangladesh Bank.
The investigation into the attempted cyber heist of close to one billion US dollars of Bangladesh Bank funds from the New York Federal reserve, has also implicated eight Sri Lankans.
The involvement of the Sri Lankans in the cyber heist, came to light when 20 million US dollars of the stolen funds, were transferred to the bank account of a private foundation in Colombo.
Shalika Perera, the owner of the account, had earlier said that the funds were transferred by a Japanese national, known to an acquaintance of hers, and claimed that she had been hoodwinked.
Authorities investigating the transaction and the transfer of funds to the Shalika Foundation, made submissions to court, following which the directors of the foundation were banned from overseas travel.
According to the statement Shalika Perera made to the police, an acquaintance, Weerappuli Muhandiramge Jayadeva, had coordinated with a Japanese national, to transfer the funds to the account.
Incidentally, this individual was a candidate at the 2001 General Election.
Jayadeva, who contested on the People’s Alliance ticket from the Hambantota District under the number 10, received 2,433 votes.
Meanwhile, when News1st visited the Shalika Foundation at Number 10/2 on Attidiya Road, we were informed by Shalika Perera’s father that she was not present
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