Sunday, 18 January 2015
Rajapaksa's Assets Under Scrutiny In Seychelles And Switzerland
The Swiss government has reportedly imposed new laws preventing the depositing of monies earned through illegal means through in Swiss bank accounts.
Accordingly, Swiss authorities are to closely monitor the transactions made by politicians, state officials and businessmen with Swiss banks, including Sri Lankans.
During the previous regime, many accusations were raised against the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family members of having deposited illegally earned money in Swiss banks. It was also revealed that such transactions were made not directly from Sri Lanka but through the Seychelles islands, under names of Seychelles citizens.
Economics experts have also pointed out that there had been an unusual increase of money deposited in Swiss bank accounts under names of Seychelles citizens during the last few years.
Interestingly, it was a Swiss company that acted as the intermediary when the Rajapaksas had allegedly sold 350 tons of gold acquired from the LTTE to Japan. The total value of the transaction was reportedly Rs. 40,000,000 million. However, such a massive amount of money has not been deposited in any local bank.
Meanwhile, the Swiss Central Bank has also announced that US$ 98 million has been deposited in Swiss bank accounts by Sri Lankans.