Controversial businessman Dr. Sena Yaddehige who bought over Richard Peiris Company with the help of Rajapaksa front man Asanga Seneviratne has been named in the Panama papers released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
Senevirate who held over 24.7 % shares of Richard Peiris and Company through Asia Capital a company he owned then, sold his shares to Yaddehige to take control of the family owned business enterprise. Asia Capital also named in the Panama Papers.
Dr. Yaddehige also started a newspaper group which publishes the Nation and the Rivira, sold it to Rajapaksa front men Nilanka Rajapaksa and Prasanna Wickramasuriya the nephew of former President Rajapaksa.
Asanga Seneviratne subsequently also bought the Sunday Leader Group with the help of former President Rajapaksa after the editor Lasantha Wickramatunge was killed on the 8th of January 2009.
In the Panama Papers, Yaddehige is connected to three entities by the names of BALANTINE GROUP LIMITED, YORKTOWN DEVELOPMENT INC.ALANTINE GROUP and TRANSFIELD ENTERPRISES S.A.
Sena Yaddehige – BALANTINE GROUP LIMITED – 30; 111 PARK RD; ST JOHNS WOOD; NW8 7JL | Jurisdiction – British Virgin Islands
YORKTOWN DEVELOPMENT INC. – GUYLANDS MANOR; NEUF CHEMIN ROAD; ST. SAVIOURS; GY7 9FQ | Jurisdiction – Panama
TRANSFIELD ENTERPRISES S.A. – GUYLANDS MANOR; NEUF CHEMIN ROAD; ST. SAVIOURS; GY7 9FQ | Jurisdiction – Panama