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* Sri Lanka's fugitive ex-diplomat living In UAE, Court told
Sat, Jan 28, 2017, 12:29 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, who has been issued an international warrant for his arrest, is now living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) of Sri Lanka police has informed the court.

The Colombo Fort Magistrate's Court on 19 October 2016 allowed the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) of the Police to issue an international warrant to arrest Weeratunga in connection with the investigation into the financial irregularities with regard to the MiG aircraft deal.

The FCID investigating the controversial MIG aircraft deal informed the Magistrate's Court that according to Interpol investigation reports Weeratunga is currently living in the UAE.

However, the FCID told the court that they were yet to ascertain his exact address in the UAE and further said steps have been taken to execute the warrant against Udayanga Weeratunga.

The FCID in an earlier occasion told the Colombo Fort Magistrate's court that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had been unable to serve notice on Weeratunga, who has been residing in Ukraine for several years.

Weeratunga, who is a nephew 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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