Arjun, Udayanga will be repatriated – Govt.

2019-03-14 at 13:58

THALATHA TALATHA ATHUKORALA

Minister of Justice Thalatha Athukorala says Sri Lanka anticipates the repatriation of both Former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Arjun Mahendran who faces charges in the bond scam case and former Sri Lanka Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga who faces charges in the MiG aircraft case.

The Minister said accordingly requests have been forwarded to the relevant foreign countries where they are believed to be residing in.

However Minister Athukorala said the issue lies with support from the relevant nations in order to return the two suspects.

The Minister of Justice made these remarks during a ceremony held this morning to declare open the second Permanent High Court at Bar at the Hulftsdorp Court complex.

The Minister added a responsibility is to establish the Court and ensure smooth operations.

She added however engaging in necessary action, including conducting investigations, is the responsibility of the Attorney General and the Bribery Commission.

Meanwhile Minister Thalatha Athukorala also charged that foreign countries provide minimum support in the repatriation of certain individuals facing various charges, owing to the individual’s monetary power.

She said there are conventions that have been agreed between countries, including when handing over criminals of relevant countries.

The Minister said in such circumstances countries must have a good understanding, adding however there are some countries and governments who work for black money.

Under such circumstances the Minister noted it is very difficult to bring down criminals who have fled overseas further reamarking while the government can fulfil its duties, the same cannot be said for other countries.