Kapila and wife remanded in Airbus case

ECONOMYNEXT- SriLankan Airlines ex-Chief Executive Kapila Chandrasena and his wife Priyanka Wijenaike were remanded until February 19 after the CID produced them in the Airbus case.

Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake refused a bail application and ordered the couple remanded.

Earlier the Police Media Spokesman Superintendent Jaliya Senaratne told EconomyNext that they had surrendered to the CID.

After recording their statements the CID produced them in court.

Sri Lanka’s Attorney General asked Chandrasena and his wife be arrested as suspects in a money-laundering probe.

The case relates to funds received through an account in Singapore, and a part of which was remitted elsewhere, informed sources said.

The arrest order came in the wake of revelations in documents filed in a UK court about payments made to the wife of a SriLankan Airlines executive, by Airbus in a sales contract made in 2013.

British court documents had revealed that a wife of a SriLankan executive had acted as an agent for the procurement of Airbus 14 aircraft, and the European aircraft manufacturer had offered 16 million US dollars as a bribe to her.

Airbus had paid 2 million US dollars to a straw company known as ‘Intermediary 1’ set up in Brunei.

Airbus agreed to pay around 3.5 billion Euros in fines to the governments of France, UK and the US in a settlement following a joint investigation for alleged bribery in sales.

Chandrasena had served as chief executive of SriLankan from July 2011 to February 2015. (Colombo/Feb06/2020)