Written by Zulfick Farzan
03 Feb, 2020 | 9:02 pm
Colombo (News 1st) – Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake issued a warrant for the arrest of Ex-CEO of SriLankan Airlines and his wife.
This afternoon, Attorney General Dappula De Livera directed the Criminal Investigations Department Chief to obtain an arrest warrant from Court and Arrest & Produce Ex-CEO of SriLankan Airlines Kapila Chandrasena and his wife Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayaka as suspects on charges of Money Laundering in the SriLankan Airlines – Airbus re-fleet deal.
This was confirmed to News 1st by the AGs Coordinating Officer, State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne.
In addition, the Attorney General also directed the CID Chief to forward the Investigative Extracts to the Director-General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption in order to consider charges against the Former SriLankan Airlines CEO on the same re-fleet deal.
In a letter, the Attorney General said investigations proved on the 27th of December 2013 a sum of 02 Million USD was deposited to an account maintained in Singapore Standard Chartered Bank used by a company named Biz Solutions and operated by Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayaka.
Accordingly, Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayaka is the only director and shareholder of the company known as Biz Solutions.
The deposit was made by the parent company of Airbus SAS, EADS HQ / SSC France.
Investigations also proved an offence of money laundering was committed by transferring the money to an account operated by her husband at the Commonwealth Bank in Australia.
The money was transferred in the following manner :
08th May 2014 – 100,000 EUROS
07th July 2014 – 100,000 EUROS
07th August 2014 – 200,000 Australian Dollar
17th September 2014 – 200,000 EUROS
Notably, on the 16th of May 2013 SriLankan Airlines had inked two separate MoUs for the purchase of 04 A330-900 planes and 06 A330-300 planes.
Thereby, Attorney General De Livera noted there is reasonable suspicion to name both Kapila Chandrasena and Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayaka as suspects for committing offences under the prevention of money laundering act.
He instructed the CID Chief to obtain a warrant for arrest of the duo , record statements from them and thereafter produce them to a magistrate’s Court.
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