FIU freezes bank accounts of Shalika directors
Bank accounts of the five directors of Shalika Foundation and their
middle man Priyankara Jayadeva have been frozen by the Financial
Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Central Bank.
placed CID sources told the Sunday Observer that it was the FIU and not
the CID that had frozen these accounts, given the Foundation’s suspected
involvement with the Bangladesh bank heist which took place in February.
The Foundation had USD 20 million transferred to its own bank account.
In March, Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya barred Gamage
Shalika Perera of Dehiwala, Don Prasad Rohitha of Piliyandala, Nishantha
Nalaka Walakuluarachchi of Homagama, Sanjeewa Tissa Bandara of Dehiwala
and Shirani Dhammika Fernando of Dehiwala from leaving the country.
The CID at the time had informed courts that the Foundation could be
probed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
The Bangladeshi Police team which was in the country earlier this
month had also identified the five directors, Jayadeva and their
Japanese partner Sasaki Thadasi as individuals responsible for the
Central Bank Governor, Arjuna Mahendran however observed that they
still had to prove intent for the crime, “The money has been returned,
so it is quite complicated.
The Foundation has said that they did not know of the heist and that
they were expecting the money from elsewhere. We have to prove
otherwise,” he said.