SriLankan ex-CEO Kapila Chandrasena and wife surrender to police

ECONOMYNEXT- SriLankan Airlines ex-Chief Executive Kapila Chandrasena and his wife Priyanka Wijenaike who are wanted in the Airbus bribery case have surrendered to Police, a top official said.

“They are now at the CID and their statements are being recorded,” Media Spokesman Superintendent Jaliya Senaratne told EconomyNext on Thursday.

Sri Lanka’s Attorney General asked Chandrasena and his wife be arrested as suspects on 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.

Earlier this week, the Attorney General ordered Chandrasena and his wife to be arrested over allegations of money laundering.

Airbus agreed to pay around 3.5 billion Euros to the governments France, UK and 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)