MIG aircraft deal: Six suspects noticed

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The Colombo Fort Magistrate today issued notices on four individual suspects and a Ukrainian and Singapore business institutions during the magisterial inquiry on the US$14 million loss caused to the government when purchasing four Ukraine–built MiG 27 aircraft in 2006.

Among the suspects named in the report filed by FCID were two Singaporeans, two Ukrainians and a Ukrainian and Singaporean business entities. FCID requested court to direct the suspects to report to the FCID to record further statements.

Based on the evidence filed in Court, Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne observed that the two institutions and the suspects appeared to be directly involved in ‘the MIG 27 transaction and as such the Court could consider issuing notices despite questions on the jurisdiction of the Court in issuing notices on foreign individuals.

Notices were issued on Singaporeans T.S. Lee and N.G. Lay Kim and Ukrainians – D.A. Peregudov and Mykola Kulayrkaiv and Belimsa Holdings and D.S. Alliance.

The case was fixed for June 29.

Earlier, the FCID confirmed the arrest of the first suspect, former ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga and told Court that the steps were being taken through the Foreign Affairs Ministry to bring him to Sri Lanka. (Yoshitha Perera and Shehan Chamika Silva)

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  • Gamaya Friday, 06 April 2018 09:52 PM

    Now dont hide the man behind it all - The great Sri Lankan patriot, USA citizen.

    Dee Friday, 06 April 2018 10:03 PM

    The War Hero who ran away at the height of the war and came back like a lion.

    Ceylon Friday, 06 April 2018 09:56 PM

    This ststement game is now became a international joke.statement,then rarely remand,then quickly bail,then postpon game stat.sirisena and ranil stop futher continue the casess.look at gota case.

    Harsha Friday, 06 April 2018 09:57 PM

    The list is incomplete: what about an American citizen?

    DN Friday, 06 April 2018 10:11 PM

    2 billion plus lost to the government. At least bond scam money can be recoverable. But not these money.

    Ceylon Saturday, 07 April 2018 10:34 AM

    Frm bond case 11 billion earned by inside trading.even before the judgement government now keeping 12 billions.how much rajapaksa family robed money keeping by government??.

    Oops Friday, 06 April 2018 10:12 PM

    Ranil Mama, you need to have this withdrawn as your buddies are involved. Hurry.

    Tinkiriya Friday, 06 April 2018 10:36 PM

    Are US citizens who had journalists bumped off immune from prosecution?

    Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 07 April 2018 10:25 AM

    The purchase of MIG 27 fighter jets was pointless anyway, as none of the glorious pilots of the Sri Lankan Air Force were able to fly these aircraft. The planes were always flown in Sri Lanka by Ukrainian mercenaries.

    Nuwan Sunday, 08 April 2018 05:20 AM

    Time to sign an extradition treaty with Singapore.


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