Detection of Rs 75 mn in bank vaults: Arrest warrant on Solis Mudalali
by Jayantha de Silva
Mar 6, 2010
Mt. Lavinia Magistrate Harsha Setunga yesterday issued an arrest warrant on a suspect wanted in connection with the detection of over Rs. 75 million in the safe lockers of Ms. Ashoka Thilakaratna, mother of Danuna Thilakarana, who is also evading arrest.

The CID informed Courts that they would have to seek Interpol assistance to arrest the suspect, identified as Parana Liyanage Don Sanjeewa Kumara, the co-owner of a Solis catering services, as he had allegedly left the country for Doha.

Court was informed that the suspect had been identified as the person who had arrived with Ms. Thiakaratna to deposit the cash, including US dollars and was wanted for questioning.

The Magistrate also ordered that the Defender vehicle ––allegedly purchased from an army auction by the suspect––which carried the money to the bank, be detained in judicial custody.

The vehicle had been taken into Police custody from the residence of Anoma Fonseka, the wife of Gen. Fonseka.

IP Roshan Masimbulla of the CID filing the application submitted that the haul of currency from the frozen accounts of Asoka Tillekeratne, at Timbirigasyaya Branch of the Sampath Bank consisted of both local and foreign currency to the value of Rs. 75 million and the CID was conducting further investigations into nine bank accounts operated by Asoka Tilekeratne and eight bank accounts operated by Danuna Tilekeratne son-in-law of General Sarath Fonseka.

He said the CID had still not received documents for further investigations to ascertain whether any person had assisted in the procurement of the vehicle.

He submitted that Manahara Withanage said to be a friend of Danuna Tilekeratne had been given some documents by army personnel to be filled by him.

Subsequent to a request by Danuna, he had gone to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles along with the army personnel and registered the vehicle.

Attorney at Law Asela Rakewa appeared for suspect Asoka Tilekeratne.

The case will be taken up on May 14.

Courtesy: Island