Udayanga Weeratunga granted bail

Udayanga Weeratunga granted bail

April 3, 2020   02:35 pm


Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga has been granted bail by the Fort Magistrate’s Court.

Weeratunga had been remanded by the Fort Magistrate after being arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) by officers of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on February 14, 2020.

The former ambassador was wanted for the alleged embezzlement of public funds to the tune of 7.833 million US dollars with regard to procurement of MiG aircraft and money laundering.

However, he had been evading the arrest warrant issued on the 20th of October 2016 by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court with regard to this case.

Weeratunga was intercepted in the UAE later on the 4th of February 2018 when he attempted to leave for the United States. He was subsequently released by the UAE authorities but was prevented from leaving the territory of the UAE until the conclusion of investigations.

In June 2018, the attorneys representing the former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia informed the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court that their client is prepared to appear before the court in connection with the MiG aircraft deal.

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