Written by Lahiru Fernando
11 Oct, 2017 | 10:45 pm
The Chairman of Litro Gas Shalila Munasinghe was arrested along with one Janaka Nammuni in connection to the stolen US$2.1 million from the Taiwanese Bank Far Eastern International.
In the aftermath of the arrest, Munasinghe lost his position as the Executive Chairman of Litro Gas. Adding up to that, both him and Nammuni were remanded until October 25.
The two have been charged through the Acts of Money Laundering and Computer Crime.
Hacked FEIB account owner was present at the court room today (October 11) when the case was taken up.
Furthermore, a team from InterPol and a group of officials from the hacked bank are to arrive in the country.
The US$ 2.1 million had been transferred into the account of Nammuni through the Bank of Ceylon branch in New York, USA.
Money had been withdrawn twice, Rs. 30 million being the initial withdrawal.
Evidence provided by Munasinghe and Nammuni had lead to another investigation into two other suspects, Indian nationals, who are involved in the incident.
Source: Criminal Investigations Department.
Moonesinghe also possess a Sri Lankan NIC and a bank account in Sri Lanka, said the CID.
The 30 million rupees that was initially withdrawn, had been divided among several people at a hotel in Colombo 2 and at the office building of Shalila Munasinghe.
The two other suspects, the indians, had attended both these meetings. They have left Sri Lanka with Rs. 15 million.
Court has granted permission to the CID to investigate the electronic devices that were allegedly used for the hacking.
The court also granted permission to the CID officers to record statements of the suspects when required, with the permission of prison officials.
The duties and responsibilities of Shalila minasinghe as Executive Chairman of Litro Gas have been suspended, said the Ministry in a release.
According to the release, the Ministry’s Secretary Ravindra Hewavitharana informed Hemaka Amarasuriya regarding the decision taken by the ministry.
Hemaka Amarasuriya is the chairman of Sri Lanka Insurance, which is the Principal Shareholder of Litro Gas.
The release also calls for the appointment of an acting Executive Chairperson.
Secretary to the Ministry has been instructed by Subject Minister Kabir Hashim to assist all investigations that are being carried out involving Litro Gas and Bank of Ceylon.
Min. Hashim has also called for an investigation at the ministry level.
The release further notes that Shalila Munasinghe was serving as the chairman of Litro Gas when the company came under the purview of the Ministry of Public Enterprises Development, adding that the appointment was made under the 100 day government.
Sri Lanka Insurance, the Principal Shareholder of Litro Gas, came under the purview of the Ministry of finance under the 100 day government and the subject minister at the time was Ravi Karunanayake.
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