Investigations reveal fugitive ex-diplomat Udayanga Weeratunga received money from four countries

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The Attorney General has informed the judiciary that the investigations have revealed that the former Sri Lankan ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga has received money from four countries.

Investigations conducted into the MIG aircraft deal have revealed that Weeratunga’s bank account received money from four countries including Cypress and Panama.

Weeratunga, who is a close relative of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, is alleged to have committed financial misappropriation to the tune of US$ 14 million while purchasing four Ukraine-built MIG-27 aircraft for the Sri Lanka Air Force in 2005.

Those countries have sent the documents regarding the transactions to Sri Lanka and investigations are being carried out on the information, the Attorney General informed the Colombo Fort Magistrate court.

It has been revealed that the Ukrainian nationals have been directors of companies that have sent money to Weeratunga’s account from Cyprus, Panama and other countries.

The investigations carried out so far have revealed that eight accounts of Udayanga Weuratunga’s wife have received money in 33 instances.

The case filed in Dubai on behalf of Sri Lanka to extradite Weeratunga, who is detained in Dubai, is set to be taken up on 21st July.

Weeratunga, who is a close relative of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, is alleged to have committed financial misappropriation to the tune of US$ 14 million while purchasing four Ukraine-built MIG-27 aircraft for the Sri Lanka Air Force in 2005.

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