FCID should question Gotabaya on MiG deal – Udayanga

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Former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga, revealed yesterday (17) that former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will visit Sri Lanka on 24 or 25 August.

He made the statement while exiting the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) yesterday (17) where he was summoned to deliver a statement on a series of matters linked to his MiG fighter aircraft transaction and his role as a former Ambassador in that deal.

Weeratunga, who was questioned by the FCID for five days, said he was detained for 50 days in February 2020 and questioned for 10 days, and that the authorities have now informed court that they have not obtained all the information from him.

He stated that due to his passport being impounded, he had sought from the Court to temporarily release his passport so that he could go to Moscow for a tourism exhibition in September. He was questioned again about the MiG deal and whether any fraudulent money had been deposited in his bank accounts. He claims that his bank accounts have been frozen for 87 months.

He also said, former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa should be questioned regarding the deal as it he who personally dealt with the purchase of the aircraft. Weeratunga stated that his bank accounts do not reveal any ill-gotten gains and claimed that having them frozen for over two years was a breach of his rights.

Weeratunga further said that the former President will return to Sri Lanka and claimed that the Air Force paid for his flight to the Maldives.

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan