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FR filed by Udayanga Weeratunga re-fixed for support

 

 A Fundamental Right petition filed by former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga seeking an Interim Order to recall the warrant issued for his arrest by Colombo Fort Magistrate was today re-fixed for support on November 15 by Supreme Court.

Three-judge-bench comprised Chief Justice Priyasath Dep, Justice Buwaneka Aluvihare and Justice Nalin Perera.

On October 20 last year, the Colombo Fort Magistrate had issued a warrant written in English through the Interpol for the arrest of Udayanga Weeratunga, a first cousin of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa over financial fraud that is alleged to have taken place in procuring seven MiG-27 ground attack crafts for the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLFA). 

Udayanga Weeratunga had filed this petition through his mother-in-law Latha Indrani, the power-attorney holder of the petitioner.

In his petition, Udayanga Weeratunga stated that he is currently residing in Mekhanizatoriv Street Kyiv, Ukraine. 

The petitioner further sought an Interim Order restraining the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank from suspending the petitioner’s bank accounts and continuing to suspend the bank accounts. 

The petitioner stated that the seventh respondent, a Chief Inspector of the FCID had moved Magistrate’s Court for a warrant for the arrest of the petitioner. The petitioner sought a declaration from the Court that the Chief Inspector infringed the petitioner’s Fundamental Rights guaranteed in terms of Articles 11, 12(1) and 13 of the Constitution.

The petitioner further said the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank has infringed his Fundamental Rights guaranteed in the Cconstitution by the purported decision to suspend and suspension of debit transaction of the bank accounts of the petitioner in contravention of the provisions of the Financial Transaction Reporting Act No. 6 of 2006.

In his complaint to the FCID, journalist Iqbal Athas stated that he had written several articles regarding the financial irregularities that had taken place in procuring four Mig-27 aircrafts at a higher price. He told the police that these ground attack aircrafts had been manufactured between 1980 and 1983. He said financial irregularities had taken place during the transaction between Sri Lank and Ukraine.

President's Counsel Manohara de Silva appeared for the petitioner. Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda PC appeared for the Attorney General.