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* Sri Lanka CID freezes bank accounts of Hicorp arms deal suspects
Sat, Mar 6, 2010, 09:36 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has frozen 28 bank accounts that belong to the Hicorp arms deal suspect Danuna Tilakaratne, his mother, and two of their associates.

The measure has been taken as a part of the investigation into the case against former military chief General Sarath Fonseka.

The CID has informed the Mt. Lavinia Magistrate that investigations are being conducted into the transactions under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and statements from the managers of relevant banks will be recorded.

Further investigations will be based on information that will surface during the investigations, the CID informed the court.

The CID last month recovered 75 million rupees from four safety deposit boxes in a private bank belonged to General Fonseka's son-in-law Danuna Tilakaratne's mother Asoka Tilakaratne.

According to the CID the money had been transported from General Fonseka's office at Rajakeeya Mawatha, Colombo 7 to the private bank for safe-keeping.

The Mount Lavinia Magistrate meanwhile, has issued an arrest warrant for Don Sanjeewa Kumara, an aide of retired General Sarath Fonseka, for allegedly transporting the money to Asoka Tilakaratne.

However, the suspect has fled the country and the CID is seeking Interpol assistance to locate the suspect. The main suspect Danuna Tilakaratne is absconding arrest.

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