Arrest warrant issued on Udayanga Weeratunga; Senadhipathi permitted to travel abroad

Thursday, 20 October 2016 - 19:26

The Colombo Fort Magistrate issued an arrest warrant on former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga today.  

The warrants were issued to apprehend Weeratunga through Interpol following a motion filed by the FCID today.

Udayanga Weeratunga has been accused of financial misappropriation in procurement of MIG aircraft for Sri Lanka Air Force.  

He has been charged under the Money Laundering Act.

The Fort Magistrate rejected the FCID’s request to issue arrest warrant on Weeratunga on a previous occasion citing that Weeratunga had not been named as a suspect in the Case.

Meanwhile, Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi was permitted to travel abroad to seek medical treatment.  

Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya permitted Senadhipathi a period of one year to travel abroad.

However, Bribery and Corruption Commission has filed action against Nissanka Senadhipathi for misappropriation of public funds.  

Therefore, Bribery Commission officials raised stern objections against permitting Senadhipathi to stay aboard for such a long period of time.

However, the Chief Magistrate ordered to release the passport of Nissanka Senadhipathi on a Rs. 5 million cash bail and three surety bails.