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Udayanga Weeratunga:

UAE begins extradition proceedings

State Counsel Udara Karunathilaka appearing on behalf of the Attorney General’s Department yesterday informed the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court that UAE authorities have commenced legal proceedings into the extradition of former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, a first cousin of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

This is in connection with the financial fraud that is alleged to have taken place in procuring seven MiG-27 ground attack craft for the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF).

State Counsel Karunathilake appearing on behalf of the FCID said Weeratunga was detained under UAE federal judicial custody. SC Karunathilake further informed court that if Weeratunga informed the UAE court that he is ready to return to Sri Lanka, he can be brought down immediately after terminating extradition proceedings.

“Then he can be arrested by Sri Lankan authorities,” State Counsel Karunatilleke said.

On June 9, 2016, the Colombo Fort Magistrate issued notices on Udayanga Weeratunga to appear in court on July 15, but he did not turn up. Thereafter, on October 20, 2016, court had issued a warrant for his arrest.

SC Karunathilake said the FCID had revealed that a large amount of US dollars had been credited to the bank accounts of Weeratunga’s wife and mother-in-law. They had received MLA answer reports from several countries.

On a previous occasion, the Magistrate issued an order directing managers of 46 financial institutions to release transaction details of 19 bank accounts belonging to six relatives of Weeratunga, including his wife and mother-in-law, to the FCID for their investigations.



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