SHALILA MOONESINGHE REMOVED AS LITRO GAS CHAIRMAN
Litro Gas Lanka Ltd Chairman Shalila Moonesinghe has been removed from his post by the Public Enterprises Development Ministry yesterday.
They were arrested by the CID on charges of the transferring of US$1.1 million from the Far Eastern International Bank of Taiwan to his personal account in Sri Lanka.
The CID informed Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne that according to media reports that the Taiwanese Bank was hacked and US$69.5 million transferred to several accounts in countries worldwide including Sri Lanka.
The CID informed Court that according to the Taiwanese Bank the hackers had used malware to carry out virtual transactions transferring funds from accounts belonging to its customers to accounts in several countries such as Sri Lanka, Cambodia and the United States.
“Part of the money was transferred to the Bank of Ceylon (BOC), New York Branch while the rest was transferred to other countries,” a CID detective said.
The CID said the suspects had requested the BOC to transfer Rs. 50 million from their account to an account at the National Development Bank (NDB) but for some reason or other the money had not been transferred to that particular account.
The CID said the first suspect, Janaka Chaminda Nammuni was arrested while attempting to withdraw Rs. 80 million from an account at the BOC. He is reported to have withdrawn Rs.30 million from this account last Wednesday.
It said the suspects had given Rs.10.5 million to two Indians on the day of their arrest and reportedly the two Indians had fled the country. The CID informed Court that Taiwan’s Criminal Investigations Bureau was preparing to send investigators to Sri Lanka to seek further details on the arrest of the suspects accused of helping hackers to steal millions of US dollars from the bank.
It said the Taiwanese Bank had already recovered most of the stolen money leaving another US$20 million still
outstanding. The CID told Court it still could not identify the exact destinations to which funds were transferred and hoped to launch an investigation to record computer evidence.