SriLanka Airline ex-boss Chandrasena remanded over Airbus-linked money laundering probe

ECONOMYNEXT – A Sri Lanka court has remanded the ex-Chief Executive Kapila Chandrasena and his wife over a suspected money laundering offence related linked a purchase of a fleet of Airbus aircraft from 2013, who surrendered to police.

Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanyake had remanded Chandrasena and his wife Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayake till February 19, after they surrendered to police on February 06.

Deputy Solicitor General Thusith Mudalige told court that authorities in Singapore had informed that there was a bank account at Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore in the name of Wijenayake.

Both Chandrasena and his wife had made statements to police from October 04, 2019, he said.

Both had denied knowledge of the bank accounts, he said.

Police had been probing the matter since 2016 and two million dollars had been remitted to the Standard Chartered bank account from a French company.

Some of the money had been sent to several places in Sri Lanka, court was told. Funds had also been sent to one or two bank accounts abroad.

The owners of the accounts were physically present in Sri Lanka, court was told.

Though a large part of the inquiry was finished, time was needed to get statements from the owners of the bank accounts, court was informed.

President’s Counsel Anuja Premaratne, appearing for Chandrasena and his wife had asked for bail under any conditions set by court, and said his clients also had not ability obstruct any witnesses.

Sri Lanka’s Attorney General ordered their arrest after court filings in the UK related to bribery probe on Airbus said the aviation group had paid two million US dollars to the wife of a SriLankan Airlines executive who was engaged as a business partner or intermediary.

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Court documents said the intermediary had opened an account at Standard Chartered to receive payments.

Airbus had signed up the intermediary in 2013 and had dealing until late 2015. (Colombo/Feb06/2019)