Udayanga Weeratunga arrested by CID

Udayanga Weeratunga arrested by CID

February 14, 2020   09:41 am

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Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

Upon Weeratunga’s arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) early this morning (14), he was interrogated by the CID officers.

He reached Katunayake Airport at around 4.37 am this morning via a flight belonging to SriLankan Airlines.

The Police Spokesperson said the former diplomat will be produced before the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court today.


Weeratunga was wanted for the alleged embezzlement of public funds to the tune of 7.833 million US dollars with regard to procurement of MiG aircraft and money laundering.

However, he had been evading the arrest warrant issued on the 20th of October 2016 by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court with regard to this case.

Weeratunga was intercepted in the UAE later on the 4th of February 2018 when he attempted to leave to the United States. He was subsequently released by the UAE authorities, but was prevented from leaving the territory of the UAE until the conclusion of investigations.

In June 2018, the attorneys representing the former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia informed the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court that their client is prepared to appear before the court in connection with the MiG aircraft deal.

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