UAE begins extradition proceedings

Daily News

State Counsel Udara Karunathilaka appearing on behalf of the Attorney General's Department yesterday informed the Colombo Fort Magistrate's Court that UAE authorities have commenced legal proceedings into the extradition of former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, a first cousin of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. This is in connection with the financial fraud that is alleged to have taken place in procuring seven MiG-27 ground attack craft for the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF). State Counsel Karunathilake appearing on behalf of the FCID said Weeratunga was detained under UAE federal judicial custody. SC Karunathilake further informed court that if Weeratunga informed the UAE court that he is ready to return to Sri Lanka, he can be brought down immediately after terminating extradition proceedings. "Then he can be arrested by Sri Lankan authorities," State Counsel Karunatilleke said.