Interpol assistance sought to apprehend Udayanga Weeratunge

Interpol assistance sought to apprehend Udayanga Weeratunge

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The Police have informed the judiciary that it has sought the assistance of the International Police for the arrest of former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunge who is absconding the Court. Weeratunga is alleged to have committed financial fraud during the purchase of several MiG aircraft for the Air Force during Rajapaksa’s term as President.
The Financial Crimes Investigation Division is conducting investigations of the losses caused to the Government with regard to the deal of purchasing the MiG aircraft produced in Ukraine. The transaction has taken place in the year 2006. An order was issued preventing the use of passport used by Udayanga Weeratunge and issued by the Sri Lankan Government and also another ordinary passport. His lawyer has requested the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court to recall this order and also the warrant issued for his arrest. The Magistrate announced that the ruling in this respect would be made on the 21st of August.
The lawyer further informed the Court that his client is residing in Ukraine. But the Police said that it had been reported that he is residing in the United Arab Emirates. The Police also said that he had undertaken a visit to Japan during the beginning of June this year.
The Police told the judiciary that it was in this respect that they had sought the assistance of the International Police for his arrest.