The Colombo Fort Magistrate today refused to grant approval for an international warrant through the Interpol to arrest Sri Lanka’s former ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, who is currently in hiding overseas.
When the case was taken up today, the Magistrate informed the FCID that as Weeratunga was not explicitly named as a suspect in the controversial MiG deal, there was no legal provision to issue an international warrant through Interpol for his arrest.
Weeratunga is alleged to have committed financial fraud during the purchase of several MiG Aircraft in 2006 for the Air Force during former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s term. Reports say he is residing in Ukrain. However during Rajapaksa’s visit to Thailand mid this year, Weeratunga flew to meet the former President. Weeratunga, is Rajapaksa’s first cousin.