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Govt seeks Interpol help to probe Fonseka's families account

world Updated: Feb 21, 2010 20:53 IST

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The government has sought the help of the Interpol to probe foreign bank accounts of the son-in-law of Sri Lanka's defeated presidential candidate whose company allegedly supplied arms to the military.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is investigating foreign bank accounts of Danuna Tilakaratne, the son-in-law of retired General Sarath Fonseka.

The Interpol assistance is being sought to collect information on his international financial dealings, the police said.

This is with regard to supply of arms to Sri Lankan security forces by his US-based company Hicorp Inc.

The CID has already gathered information on Tilakaratne's accounts in Sri Lanka, the police said.

Tilakaratne, the alleged president of Hicorp International and the British Borneo Defence, is accused of earning profits from arms procurement deals awarded to him when Fonseka was the Army Commander during the ethnic war with LTTE.

He secured the arms contract despite his company allegedly being the highest bidder.

However, Tilakaratne is yet to be arrested and his whereabouts is reportedly not known.

The former Army commander is in military custody facing charges of conspiracy against the government. Fonseka led the military in its victory over the LTTE in May 2009.

Asoka Tillekaratne, mother of Danuna was arrested last week after CID recovered a large sum of foreign currency from her bank account, but was later released on bail by a local court in Colombo.