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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2058

Money Laundering Case: Shalila Moonasinghe and Janaka Chaminda Nammuni till Oct 25.

Colombo, 12 October, (Asiantribune.com):

Colombo Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, taking into consideration of the seriousness of the offence of alleged money transfer of USD 1.1 million from Far Eastern International Bank of Taiwan to their personal account in Sri Lanka, refused to grant bail to both suspects - Litro Gas Chairman Shalila Moonasinghe and Janaka Chaminda Nammuni - son of retired Maj. Gen. Jaliya Nammuni, who held the post of Deputy Chief of Staff at the time he retired, were ordered to be further remanded till October 25.

Shalila Moonasinghe and Janaka Chaminda Nammuni were brought to the Fort Magistrate court yesterday

The police informed the Fort Magistrate that Jaliya Nammuni hold dual Sri Lankan and British citizenship, while Shalila e Moonesinghe a British national.

In another development, Ministry of Public Enterprise Development has directed the Chairman of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Limited to remove Shalila Moonesinghe from the post of Chairman of Litro Gas Lanka Limited.

A statement issued yesterday by the ministry said that the Secretary of the Public Enterprise Development Ministry, Mr Ravindra Hewavitharana, has directed Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation chairman Hemaka Amarasuriya to immediately remove Executive Chairman of Litro Gas Moonesinghe, who has been arrested under the Money Laundering Act.

Litro Gas Lanka Limited is a fully-owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation (SLIC) which falls under the purview of the Ministry of Public Enterprise Development.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) arrested Janaka Chaminda Nammuni on Oct 7 and Moonasinghe surrendered to police on Oct 9, in connection with money transfer of 1.1 million USD from Far Eastern International Bank of Taiwan, to Sri Lankan bank account.

Furthermore, a spokesperson for the National Election Commission (NEC) told that it couldn’t intervene in the Moonasinghe’s case, though he currently held the post of Leader (Chairman) of the National Democratic Front, the breakaway faction of the Democratic United National Front (DUNF) formed by the late Lalith Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanayake during Ranasinghe Premadasa’s presidency.

UNP backed Sarath Fonseka and Maithripala Sirisena contested presidential polls in 2010 and 2015 on the NDF ticket under the 'Swan symbol.

Former Army Commander 'Sarath Fonseka backed by the JVP contested 2010 General election under swan symbol. Later, Fonseka was elected to parliament on the NDF ticket along with two other MPs. The NDF also received two National List slots.

The National Election Commission official explained that any person found guilty of an offence that warranted a two-year jail term and served a six month term wouldn’t be able to either contest or exercise franchise for a period of seven years.

According to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), two Indians nationals, who had been allegedly involved in the hacking of the Far Eastern International Bank of Taiwan - a commercial bank and siphoning off money from its customers’ accounts, left Colombo for Dubai on Oct 8.

Sources said the amount transferred to Colombo seemed to be relatively small and those who had been involved in the operation were an international gang.

In the meantime, two Taiwanese investigators and an official attached to Far Eastern International Bank arrived in Sri Lanka last night to investigate the alleged incident where USD 1.1 million was transferred to a personal account in Sri Lanka from the Far Eastern International Bank of Taiwan, Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said today.

- Asian Tribune -

Shalila Moonasinghe (left) and Janaka Chaminda Nammuni  were  brought to the Fort Magistrate court yesterday.
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