July 21, 2007 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s terror finance sleuths said two former ministers who had made claims about money being paid to Tamil Tigers are yet to complain to the unit that is charged with probing terrorist finance. Officials said persons could report suspicious activity in writing or email if they were satisfied that a transaction was suspicious and they acted in good faith.
Representatives of Sri Lanka’s Attorney General’s Department who are helping the unit prosecute offenders, said suspicious information that persons come across in the course of their professional work have to be reported to authorities.
This will allow them to avoid charges of helping illegal activities later. “We are not aware what these transactions are that have been transpired,” said Joan de Zilva, consultant to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), a specialist office setup to counter terrorist finance and money laundering.
She was responding to questions at a public forum whether the unit was probing allegations made by sacked ministers Mangala Samaraweera and Sripathi Sooriyarachchi that cash had been paid by the ruling party to Tamil Tigers to prevent people in the areas under their control from voting in the last presiden