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Airbus bribery: Govt yet to find whereabouts of Kapila Chandrasena – Mahindananda

ECONOMYNEXT – Co-Government Spokesman Mahindananda Aluthgamage is saying that the state has not been able to trace the whereabouts of former CEO of SriLankan Airlines Kapila Chandrasena who is wanted in connection with allegedly accepting a bribe from Airbus.

Sri Lanka is one of at least a dozen countries where a wide international investigation found that the aircraft manufacturer had engaged in corrupt practices to sell planes. 

Court documents in a plea deal Airbus made with the UK, the USA and France alleged Chandrasena and his wife had been offered US dollars 16.7 million in a massive aircraft deal with the national carrier.

Speaking to media this morning, Aluthgamage said if the former SriLankan CEO is found to have left the country then the police should make the necessary arrangements to extradite and bring him back to Sri Lanka.

The Colombo Magistrate court issued a warrant on Monday to arrest Chandrasena and his wife over the Airbus deal. 

This followed the directive given by Attorney General Dappula de Livera to the Director of the CID to obtain a warrant after considering the investigative materials submitted by police.

Further, the minister said that the police should enforce the law and do their duty, and added that the government has no intention of protecting private individuals.

He said that President Gotabaya Rajapakjsa has ordered Law Enforcement to take action against any individual regardless of their position. (Colombo, February 5, 2020)

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