Amid revelations that the wife of a SriLankan Arilines’ executive is embroiled in a US$ 2 million bribery scandal, the national carrier yesterday said it will cooperate with government agencies for any investigation/prosecution relating to the matter.
“SriLankan Airlines Limited has become aware of a judgment in the United Kingdom related to a charge of corruption in the purchase/ lease of aircraft between the period
Therefore the Chairman with the concurrence of the board has directed the management to cooperate fully with any governmental agency in the event of any investigation/prosecution,” a SriLankan Airlines statement said.
“The management has also been directed to preserve and study all available internal documentation with a view to take all possible corrective future action,” it added.
Meanwhile, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office said he had ordered a comprehensive probe into the matter.
“President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered a comprehensive investigation into reports of allegations over financial irregularities said to have committed during the deal between SriLankan Airlines and Airbus SE for the purchase of aircraft,” a statement from the President’s office said.
Up to US$ 16 million dollars had been offered in payments to the agent and at least US$ 22 million had been paid, a court filing in the UK, based on information obtained from Airbus said.