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Million dollar theft: Travel ban on 6 SL directors

21 March 2016 11:57 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya today imposed a travel ban on six directors of Shalika Foundation, Sri Lanka in connection with the theft of $ 81 million from Bangladesh Bank's accounts.

Accordingly, the Magistrate ordered the Immigration and Emigration Controller not to allow company directors including H.G.Shalika Perera, Miyurin Ranasinghe, Pradeep Rohitha, Shantha Nalaka Walakuluarachchi, Sanjeewa Tissa Bandara, and Shirani Dhammika Fernando to leave the country.

The Magistrate issued this order after the CID informed full details about the international heist. The CID launched an investigation following a complaint by the Central Bank.

Four requests to transfer a total of about $81 million to the Philippines went through, but a fifth, for $20 million, to a Sri Lankan non-profit organisation was held up because the hackers misspelled the name of the NGO, Shalika Foundation.

Hackers misspelled "foundation" in the NGO's name as "fandation", prompting a routing bank, Deutsche Bank, to seek clarification from the Bangladesh central bank, which stopped the transaction, one of the officials said.

Meanwhile, Bangladeshi investigators will travel to Sri Lanka, Philippines and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to investigate the theft of $ 81 million from its accounts, a news report on AFP said.

Hackers stole the money from the Bangladesh Bank's account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on February 5 and managed to transfer it electronically to accounts in the Philippines.

The FBI has agreed to help Bangladesh investigate the theft from the nation's foreign reserves, authorities said Sunday, days after the finance minister accused central bank officials of complicity in the heist. (Nirangi Abeywickreme)

  Comments - 6

  • sacre blieu Tuesday, 22 March 2016 10:36 AM

    How much low have we got to, and how lower are we going down to. It has been, in the last 36 years or so a definite journey of a farewell to justice.

    smartgent Tuesday, 22 March 2016 11:16 AM

    Agree with Bala. Once information the shares and other interests these six directors have in various companies, the public can disassociate with them and also bring to light any unscrupulous transactions carried out by these persons.

    selvam adikarn Tuesday, 22 March 2016 12:03 PM

    Probably our Main central bank robber also can contribute FED investigation as to how to steal money from central banks.

    Nands Tuesday, 22 March 2016 12:11 PM

    You only do resumes when looking for work. Why do you want to employ them for your nefarious activities?

    Peter Tuesday, 22 March 2016 03:47 PM

    Great Guys....well qualified to be Sri Lankan politicians.

    Bala Tuesday, 22 March 2016 01:48 AM

    Hope DM can give us a resume of each of the six so that we are better informed.

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