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Forex paid to SriLankan GSAs violating manuals - Witness

SriLankan Airlines Revenue Manager Upeka Avanthi Abeysekera yesterday said Sri Lanka has lost foreign exchange to the value of Rs 84 million as officials of the airline had made payments to General Sales Agents through the Internet Booking Engine (IBE) at their own whims.

Giving evidence before the Presidential Commission probing malpractices in SriLankan Airlines, Mihin Lanka and SriLankan Catering, Abeysekera said these payments had been made without the approval of the airline’s director board.She said these payments were made on the directives of several airline officials.

It was disclosed at the commission that these payments had been made from April 2013 to June 2015 in violation the manuals of the airline.

The Commission is chaired by retired Supreme Court Judge Anil Gooneratne.