Mother of Fonseka’s son-in-law arrested, later granted bail

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 18:04

Colombo: The mother of former Army General
Sarath Fonseka`s son-in-law was today arrested after CID
recovered a large sum of foreign currency from her bank
account, but was later released on bail by a local court here.

Asoka Tillekaratne, mother of Danuna Tillekaratne was
arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) after
they searched her bank account following a tip-off yesterday
and recovered the money worth Rs 75 million.
It included USD 5,27,000, 100 Pounds Sterling and 15
million Sri Lankan Rupees and was recovered from the account
in presence of Asoka, police spokesman Preshantha Jayakody had
told reporters yesterday.

The Sri Lanka Central Bank Finance Intelligence Unit and
the Exchange Controller has been informed about the recovery
and CID is looking into keeping them under judicial custody,
he said.

The Magistrate also ordered Asoka not to leave the
country.

Jayakody said the search had been conducted thoroughly in
accordance to the law and further investigations would
continue as to how such a large sum of foreign currency came
to the country and its purpose.

Tillekaratne was questioned by CID following which her
statement was recorded yesterday. CID also told the court that
it has recorded a statement of Fonseka for Hicorp deal.

The Colombo Fort Magistrate had issued an arrest warrant
for Fonseka`s son-in-law Dhanuna Tillekaratne on Monday in the
multi-million dollar defence scam and refused to grant
anticipatory bail.
Dhanuna Tillekeratne, Fonseka’s son-in-law, has been
accused of "corrupt" arms deals through Oklahoma-based Hicorp
company allegedly owned by him in the United States and has
not been arrested so far.

The company reportedly have supplied arms, ammunition and
other items to the Sri Lanka Army while General Fonseka was
its commander.

Hicorp allegedly secured contracts despite being the
highest bidder while other companies with lower bids lost.

Earlier, Tillekeratne had said his relationship with
General Fonseka did not affect the bidding of the firm for
tenders with the Sri Lankan Army and the other wings.

The government has claimed that son-in-law of the common
opposition presidential candidate has earned profits from arms
procurements of the Army during the war with the LTTE.

According to reports, the then Army Commander Fonseka
could approve procurement of equipment below the value of Sri
Lankan Rs 25 million.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 18:04

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