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Udayanga Weeratunga remanded until 17th Feb

Former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga who was arrested by the CID this morning has been remanded until 17th February by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court.

Upon Weeratunga’s arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today (14), he was interrogated by the CID officers and produced to court.

Weeratunga has been hiding in the UAE since 2018.

A case was filed in a Court there seeking his extradition to Sri Lanka, to face money laundering and misappropriation charges over his involvement in the 2006 purchase of four MiG 27 aircraft for the Sri Lanka Air Force.

A case against Weeratunga is pending in the Colombo Magistrate’s Court, and a warrant for his arrest was issued on 20 October 2016.

Interpol had also issued a red notice on Weeratunga.

Pictures by Saman Abesiriwardana