Asela Waidyalankara, the son of former FCID Chief Ravi Waidyalankara whose family is at the centre of a massive corruption scandal has issued a clarification about his involvement with a company linked to Rienzie Edwards, who has been accused of financial scamming and money laundering in the US and Sri Lanka.
In a statement issued today Asela Waidyalankara said that his company Talos Consulting Private Limited did not have a connection to certain other entities referred to in media reports.
“I wish to categorically state my company, Talos Consulting (Pvt.) Ltd. and I have never had, nor currently have, any interest directly or indirectly in those entities,” the statement from Asela Waidyalankara said.
The statement added that he was the only shareholder of Talos Consulting and that the companies list of assets had also been filed with the Registrar of Companies as per the law.
However, on October 21, 2019 the FCID which Waidyalankara’s father who is now a retired Senior DIG headed for four years, filed a B report in the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court, linking an apartment owned by Talos Consulting (the sole shareholder and director of which is Asela Waidyalankara by his own admission), to Soorya International Private Limited.
Rienzie Edwards wife Punya Edwards is one of two shareholding directors at Soorya International Private Limited. The other is Asela’s mother and SDIG Ravi Waidyalankara’s wife, Mary Basilica. According to records filed with the Registrar of Companies, Soorya International Private Limited is registered at the address 16/A2 Monarch Residencies, Galle Road, Colombo 03.
Apartment 16/A2 was bought by Talos Consulting, the company solely owned by Asela Waidyalankara in February 2016.
Mary Basilica became a director at Soorya International Private Limited joining hands with Rienzie Edwards’ wife Punya, in October 2016.
Rienzie Edwards has been indicted in a New York court on a host of charges, including wire fraud, money laundering, and impersonating officials of the US Federal Reserve. Since July 2015, the FCID has also been investigating Edwards based on a complaint forwarded to the newly set up agency by the IGP.
SDIG Ravi Waidyalankara was in charge of the FCID from its inception in 2015 till February 2019. All of his dealings with the Edwards business empire, in which investigators in the US and Sri Lanka believe was set up to launder money he robbed from clients in the US, took place while Edwards was under FCID investigation. The FCID investigation into Edwards had stalled from 2016 until Waidyalankara was sacked as FCID Chief in February this year after media reports emerged about alleged corruption and close ties to suspects under investigation by the agency he was leading. (By Deepal Banadaranayake)
To read the B report click here