Court rejects two requests of Udayanga Weeratunga

Court rejects two requests of Udayanga Weeratunga

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The Colombo Magistrate’s Court has rejected two requests made by Former Ambassador to Russia Udayanaga Weeraunge who is accused of committing a fraud with respect to the purchase of Ukraine built Mig aircraft for the Sri Lanka Air Force in 2005. The requests made by him to suspend the order given for the use of his two passports and to recall warrant issued against him were rejected by the Court.
Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne who issued this order informed the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division to report the progress of the investigations on the 02nd of November. Udayanga Weeratunge is accused of committing this fraud in the purchase of four Mig 27 aircraft and in the transaction of repairing three Mig 27 aircraft and a Mig 23 aircraft with the Ukraine Company producing them.
The FCID investigations had revealed that funds amounting to US$1.5 million had been deposited at various times to 16 accounts belonging to him at two private banks and few of Weeratunga’s bank accounts have received funds from Panama and Latvia. The FCID further said that it is not clear as to how he had received these funds.
The agreements with respect to the related Mig transactions had been signed in the presence of Udayanga Weeratunge who was serving as the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia.