Open warrant issued for the arrest of Udayanga Weeratunga

The Colombo Fort Magistrate today issued an open warrant to arrest the former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga through Interpol.

Weeratunga has been evading a warrant of arrest issued on 20 October 2016 by a Colombo Magistrate, in relation to investigations pertaining to alleged embezzlement of public funds to the tune of 7.833 million US dollars with regard to procurement of MiG aircraft and money laundering.

On the basis of a Blue Notice obtained by Interpol Sri Lanka on Weeratunga, Sri Lanka authorities had been working through mutual legal assistance with a number of countries to trace his whereabouts.

He was intercepted in the UAE on Sunday 4th of February 2018 when he attempted to leave to the United States. This arrest was made on the basis of a ‘Blue Notice’ issued by the Interpol.

However he was later released. (Colombo Gazette)