Colombo Fort Magistrate today ordered for the immediate freezing of 16 bank accountants in local banks that belong to Sri Lanka’s former ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga.
The order was issued after the FCID requested Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne to issue the order. The FCID is currently investigating a financial fraud case against Weeratunga, who is currently hiding overseas. Weeratunga is the first cousin of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
An arrest warrant has also been issued through Interpol for the arrest of Weeratunga.
Weeratunga is alleged to have committed financial fraud during the purchase of several MiG Aircrafts for the Air Force during Rajapaksa’s term as President. Reports say he is residing in Ukraine.
However during Rajapaksa’s visit to Thailand mid last year, Weeratunga flew to meet the former President.
The controversial MiG 27 deal was first revealed by Sunday Times Defence Correspondent and Senior Journalist Iqbal Athas in December 2006 and further exposed in The Sunday Leader then edited by murdered Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge.