Police Take U-Turn On Wickramasinghe’s House Robbery
By Indika Sri Aravinda
The police last week did a u-turn on the robbery of foreign currency worth over Rs. 4 million from the house of SriLankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickramasinghe.
Despite the police initially saying that among the items stolen from his home two weeks ago was foreign currency to the value of over Rs. 4 million, police spokesman S.P Ajith Rohana now says most of the money stolen from the house was not foreign currency.
The police earlier said that the robbers had broken into Wickramasinghe’s house in Mount Lavinia and stolen jewelry and cash including foreign currency.
Reports that foreign currency to the value of over Rs. 4 million was stolen from Wickramasinghe’s house created a stir as a person can only keep foreign currency up to US $ 2,000 or its equivalent in other foreign currencies.
The Customs Department meanwhile said that no one under the name of Nishantha Wickramasinghe had declared foreign currency to the value of over Rs. 4 million.
The police spokesman said that the money which was recovered from the suspect who was arrested has not yet been counted.
He also said that the suspect has spend some of the money and it was still not clear exactly how much he had stolen.
Reports on Friday said that the suspect was a resident of Dehiwala and that he was living with a drug addict in the area.
The Sunday Leader reported last week how there was an attempt to cover up the discovery of foreign currency at Wickramasinghe’s house.
Controller, Exchange Control Department of the Central Bank P. H. O. Chandrawansa said that if a person retains foreign currency worth US$ 2,000 with him 90 days after returning to Sri Lanka from overseas it is a violation of the Exchange Control Act.