A revelation to court by the FCID on Namal Rajapaksa’s Gowers Corporation deal

A revelation to court by the FCID on Namal Rajapaksa’s Gowers Corporation deal

A revelation to court by the FCID on Namal Rajapaksa’s Gowers Corporation deal

Written by Staff Writer

30 Aug, 2019 | 11:25 pm

Colombo (News 1st): The Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division today (August 30) informed court that  Krrish Transworks Colombo (Pvt) Ltd had never given any money as sponsorship for a rugby tournament as claimed before. The FCID investigation into the leasing of 4.3 acres from Transworks Square in Colombo by Krrish Transworks Colombo (Pvt) Ltd in 2012 had transferred a sum of Rs. 50 Million to the local HSBC account of Nimal Hemasiri Perera.

An investigation into the said bank account and its transaction led detectives to the 2012 purchase of land located at 07/1, Gower Street, Colombo 05 for Rs. 188 Million by Nimal Hemasiri Perera. A payment of Rs. 188 Million was made to an individual identified as Kishin Ramachand Butani.

The FCID said during the time of the sale Nimal Hemasiri Perera had an over-draft with banks, and that this transaction had settled it resulting in the investigations to prove that Krrish Transworks Colombo (Pvt) Ltd had never given any money as sponsorship for a rugby tournament.

Of the total Rs. 188 Million, Rs. 70 Million had come from Krrish Transworks Colombo (Pvt) Ltd and the remaining Rs. 107 Million had come from Sabre Vision Holdings in Singapore of which the beneficial owner is Nimal Hemasiri Perera. The FCID in a report to the court said Perera had given false information regarding Sabre Vision Holdings and its account transactions.

Detectives traced that the Sabre Visions Holdings Account received money from the Deutsche Bank account of Juga Bau – Germany as well as the Australian and New Zealand Bank Accounts of Aspen Medical Pty Limited and Rabo Bank Accounts of Enraf-Nonius B.V or EN Projects. These three companies had deposited a total of Euro 4.3 million and US$ 536,909 to the account of Sabre Vision Holdings.

What’s even more interesting is EN Projects and Aspen Medical were contractors and medical equipment suppliers for the construction of the Hambantota and Nuwara Eliya Hospital projects with the Ministry of Health. EN Projects charged the government Euro 46 million and Euro 39 million for the Hambantota and Nuwara Eliya Hospitals respectively.

In 2013, EN Projects and Sabre Vision Holdings had signed an MoU in Colombo to agree to pay Euro 03 million to the latter for consultancy support for the construction of the Beliatta Regional Hospital. What’s even more surprising is the two signatories in this MoU purportedly signed in Colombo were never in Sri Lanka during the said time period.

The Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division continues with its investigations.

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