Black money not earned through MIG-27 fighter jets deal - Udayanga | Daily News

Black money not earned through MIG-27 fighter jets deal - Udayanga

Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weerathunga testified before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry investigating allegations of political victimisation that it has not been confirmed that he has earned any black money through the procurement of MIG-27 fighter jets for the Sri Lanka Air Force.

Weerathunga appeared before the commission on August 5 and said that this is an allegation of political revenge. He said that steps had been taken to suspend his several bank accounts by the Financial Crimes investigations Division and the Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank over the MIG-27 fighters’ jets deal. All bank accounts bearing the name under Udayanga Weerathunga were temporarily suspended since April 29, 2015 by the Central Bank, and he had not been named as a suspect by any court during that period and there was no court order to suspend the bank accounts, he said.

The bank accounts had been investigated for 64 months since April 29, 2015 by the Central Bank and the Police under the Good Governance Government, and they were unable to prove that he earned any black money through the MIG-27 jets deal, he said.

According to the agreement, there is no evidence to prove that the money was deposited to his accounts by the two companies including the Sri Lankan Air Force, he said. He further said that this was an allegation of political revenge as no information or evidence of any illicit deal had been established so far.

He told the Commission that the disclosure of bank accounts to the media has made the account holders insecure. Udayanga weerathunga was ordered to re-appear before the Commission on September 12.