A significant number of native Sri Lankan names connected to the Panama Papers continue to be exposed, following further probes by the Colombo Telegraph.
The full list of the Panama Papers published yesterday by the Colombo Telegraph, comprised all names and companies which emanated from the search of “Sri Lanka” on the ICIJ’s “Panama Papers” released documents.
The names and addresses published were confined to those revealed in the Panama Papers.
However, the Colombo Telegraph investigation has revealed dozens more of Sri Lankan names found in the documents released yesterday, and they comprise of individuals with Sri Lankan names or have a Sri Lankan lineage but were not, on direct search, connected to Sri Lanka.
Colombo Telegraph has received further information where many other names which don’t fall within the category of native Sinhalese names, continue to be named in the Panama Papers. Colombo Telegraph will continue its probe in identifying these names, which don’t fall within the ambit of “Sinhalese” names.
In one instance, Anura Leslie Perera is listed in the Panama Papers as a person linked to UAE. He was however exposed in an earlier exposé related to a secret Swiss bank accounts as a person linked to Bandarawela and the amount listed in the account was to the tune of US$ 1,692,959. According to a health report, he is a Dubai businessman. Perera’s name was also published by Eastern Caribbean Central Bank report in the “Abandoned Property Submission Report – FirstCaribbean International Bank” in December 31, 2015. “A report based on former Kenya Anti Corruption Commission head Aaron Kitonga Ringera said “Also to have been investigated was Anura Leslie Perera, an Irish national who was described by Ringera as the ‘originator’ of the fraud. A resident of Cyprus, the Ringera team requested for assistance from Interpol to trace Perera with no success.” According to a World Bank corruption publication, he lived in Kenya, and is a Irish passport holder and by birth, a Sri Lankan.
We publish below a few Sinhalese native names found beyond the direct search of Sri Lanka, but are found within the Panama Papers. Clicking on the names will lead you to a page with more information.
Anura Leslie Perera – ROTO FINANCE INTERNATIONAL S.A. – Villa No. HT04; Apartado Postal 54557; Emirates Hills Third; Dubai; Emiratos Árabes Unidos | Jurisdiction – Panama
Chithru Manurakka Bandara Ratnayake – PlanetPlug Ltd Shareholder – 72 Villiers Road; Watford Hertfordshire; WD19 4AJ | Jurisdiction – British Virgin Islands
Perera Warankodi – NEPTUNE PROJECT LINES INC. – 900 Dunearn Road #05-06 The Bloomsomvale, Singapore 589473 | Jurisdiction – British Virgin Islands
Editor’s note: This article has been edited on 10, April 2018 to remove certain personal details that were included in the original Panama Papers leak.