Large sums of Money transferred to Dubai through Udayanga Weeratunge’s local bank accounts

Large sums of Money transferred to Dubai through Udayanga Weeratunge’s local bank accounts

Written by Staff Writer

16 Jan, 2019 | 10:05 pm

Colombo (News1st): The Attorney General’s Department informed court today, large sums of money in US Dollars were deposited from overseas into the accounts of Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga and his relatives.

The AGs Department further added more than Rs. 72 Million from four separate local bank accounts to which the funds were deposited were later transferred to Dubai, where Weeratunga is currently.

The AGs Department noted, large sums of money were deposited to the local bank account of Weeratunga in Gampaha from overseas and those funds too were transferred to Dubai via standing orders. State Counsel Udara Karunathilake said the said account saw large volumes being deposited from overseas sources and the Bank Manager had failed to investigate the account.

Investigations revealed, the said bank manager was transferred to Puttalam and Weeratunge’s account was also transferred to the same bank in Puttalam.

The AGs Department informed the court,  that money from overseas was deposited to the accounts of Weeratunge’s wife, mother in law and Brother in law, and as they are living in Dubai and Norway it has proven to be difficult to record statements from them.

While INTERPOL put out a red notice on Weeratunga based on an open warrant for his arrest issued by domestic courts, Weeratunga appealed to the Central Bureau of the INTERPOL against the Red Notice.

A case has been filed at the Abu Dhabi Federal Court against extraditing Weeratunga to Sri Lanka. Although the verdict of the case was due to be delivered on the 10th of December last year, A Senior State council stated in court that Udayanga Weeratunga is producing various documents to delay the verdict of the court.

Acting Fort Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage postponed the case to the 28th of March.

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