UNP suspicious of attempts to derail Udayanga Weeratunga case
ECONOMYNEXT – The main opposition United National Party (UNP) requested President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today to intervene in the “suspicious” transfer Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officials investigating former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga.
Calling into question the transfer of two CID officers who had been investigating Weeratunga for five years, UNP MP J C Alawathuwala told reporters this morning that their replacement with officers totally new to the case was problematic.
Weeratunga was arrested by the CID last Friday (14) in connection with the infamous MiG deal. The former diplomat is alleged to have committed financial fraud in the procurement of four MiG 27 aircraft and in the renovation of three MiG 27s and one MiG 23 aircraft for the Sri Lanka Air Force in 2006.
The MP suggested that attempts were underway to sweep the case under the rug.
“Yesterday, the Magistrate Court expressed concern over the removal of officers who had been investigating the case. The court has clearly informed the CID not to remove those officers and obtain their support in the investigations,” Alawathuwala said.
“If they are trying to conceal [evidence] or change the investigations carried out so far by appointing new officers, we see a problem in that,” he added.
The MP urged President Rajapaksa to look into the matter.
“Before and after coming into power, the president said all citizens will be treated equally before the law. So we request him to punish wrongdoers in keeping with that declaration,” he said. (Colombo/Feb 18/2020)
Kithmina Hewage- Institute of Policy Studies