Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Rajapakses used Bank Of Ceylon Seychelles branch for money laundering

(Lanka-e-News -24.Aug.2015, 11.30) The Financial crimes investigation department (FCID) that is conducting investigations based on a complaint had unearthed a wealth of information regarding the colossal sums of money earned fraudulently via robbery of public funds by the Rajapakse family which have been remitted to Seychelles Island and are with the Seychelles State . It is also revealed that the Bank of Ceylon branch which  was opened in Seychelles some time ago has been used as a center for their money laundering activities.

With a view to obtain the relevant files and the details of the account holders  in connection with the complaint , the FCID had submitted a B report  B-663/15 to the Fort magistrate.
Investigations had disclosed that there is no valid reasonable ground to open a Bank of Ceylon branch in Seychelles. Yet , from the beginning , when considering the money exchange that took place, a massive  sum in excess had been exchanged.
In the circumstances , it has come to light that the Rajapakse family had used the bank branch for its money laundering activities, and such monies have been used by  the Rajapakse family.The FCID is also probing into the passengers who travelled to Seychelles via Mihin Lanka airlines , and the officers of the Seychelles bank branch are also being questioned.

Meanwhile Gotabaya Rajapakse is scheduled to appear this morning  before the presidential commission which he was dodging  for a while. A statement is to be recorded of his pertaining to his involvements with Rakna Lanka establishment.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Who Are The Pirates Somalis Or Seychellois?

Robbers target at least three yachts in the Seychelles

On 11 August, the counter-piracy Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 conducted a joint operation in the Somali Basin aimed at strengthening international cooperation in preventing piracy and illegal trade in the region. The exercise involved both military and non-military authorities from Pakistan, South Korea, Spain, USA and Japan, who took part in the operation that also extended to the Gulf of Aden and the Gulf of Oman. The operations indicate that, although levels of piracy have reduced in the region since the peak of activity in 2012, the threat remains of real concern on an international level.

Two late reports were received this week regarding robberies in the Seychelles. On 21 July at 0300 hrs local time, an unknown number of robbers boarded an anchored sailing yacht, Ceilydh, in Victoria Harbour, Seychelles. The robbers swam to the yacht, boarded and stole personal electronic items, a small amount of cash and the yacht’s dinghy, which was tied alongside. The robbers used the stolen dinghy to board another yacht which was anchored nearby and stole additional personal electronic items and jewellery. The dinghy was later found abandoned on a nearby beach. On 24 July, a sailing yacht, SY Imagine, was boarded by two robbers while anchored off Eden Island, Victoria, Seychelles. The yacht owner fired a flare to try and discourage the robbers. However, one robber took a second flare and fired it into the yacht cabin, starting a small fire. The yacht owner threatened the robbers with a machete and the robbers attacked the owner’s wife with a broom handle. The robbers escaped with a few personal items.
These are the first reported cases of robberies against maritime targets in the Seychelles. Since the beginning of the piracy crisis in the High Risk Area, the Seychelles has gone to considerable lengths to protect its tourism and fishing industries, and it is possible these incidents will prove to be isolated incidents of localised criminality aimed only at wealthy pleasure boat owners. Nonetheless, vessels should ensure crew are alert to these break-ins while the criminals remain at large.


Saturday, 8 August 2015

Drink and heroin killed sailor in Seychelles - but was alcohol spiked?

ROYAL Navy engineer Charlie Warrender, who was found dead while on active service in the Seychelles islands, had traces of heroin in his system, it has been confirmed.
But it is understood investigators are looking into the possibility that his drink may have been spiked as he and fellow crew members of HMS Richmond visited the island from their ship in May.
An inquest opening has heard the 22-year-old former Grimsby student from North Thoresby died from the combined effects of alcohol and heroin intoxication with positional asphyxia.
He was found dead at 6.30am near the docks in the main port of Victoria.
Seychelles Police said the death was suspicious because the serviceman had a head injury.
Toxicology tests later confirmed traces of heroin in his system.
Several crew members were out with the engineer technician on the evening before his body was found.
The coroner for Grimsby and North Lincolnshire, Paul Kelly, is awaiting a reports from the island police and the Royal Navy who have interviewed crew members.
A Royal Navy spokeswoman said Seychelles Police have primacy in the investigation.
She said: "The Royal Navy undertook an Immediate Ship's Investigation (ISI) into the circumstances surrounding this incident.
"The purpose of the ISI was to review the ship's leave and security policy at the time of the incident.
"This was not an investigation into ET Warrender's death, for which the Seychelles Police have primacy. Therefore, the ISI did not inquire into, assess or analyse any matters or material which may prejudice the findings of the Seychelles Police investigation.
"A review of the ISI is now being carried out to determine if there are any immediate lessons that should be identified."
The former Louth King Edward VI Grammar School pupil was serving on Portsmouth-based ship HMS Richmond, which was part of Operation Kipion in the Indian Ocean at the time.
At the time of the tragedy his family issued a statement describing Charlie as "a charismatic and loving young man, who made everyone who met him smile."
The family statement said: "He was extremely proud to serve in the Royal Navy and was thoroughly enjoying travelling the world, progressing his career as a Marine Engineer."

While on board HMS Richmond he played an active part in operations supporting UK Sovereign Territories in the South Atlantic, Defence Engagement with Chilean forces, counter narcotics duties in the North Atlantic and service in the Indian ocean.
Charlie was a former Franklin College student, who spent time with Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA) in Stallingborough.
A guard of honour was held by The Royal Navy at his funeral in June at Grimsby crematorium.