President officially appoints Commission to probe corruption at Srilankan and Mihin

Feb 15, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday formally presented  a letter of appointment to the Presidential Commission to investigate into alleged frauds and corruptions at SriLankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka Airlines.

The Committee will be headed by retired Supreme Court Judge Anil Gunaratna.

Court of Appeal Judge Gamini Rohan Amarasekara, Retired High Court Judge Piyasena Ranasinghe, Retired Deputy Auditor General M. D. A. Harald, the Director General of the Sri Lanka Accounting and Auditing Standards Monitoring Board W. J. K. Geeganage have been appointed as the members of the Commission.

The Commission is supposed to investigate and report on alleged corruption that took place at Sri Lankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka between 6th January 2006 and 31st January 2018.

The struggling SriLankan Airlines bought over a dozen A350 and A330 aircraft from Airbus Industrie and leasing company AerCap in a deal valued at over US two billion dollars during the latter part of the previous regime.

The deal had put the national carrier in an even bigger financial crisis and the present Government cancelled the contract after paying a huge penalty.