Feb 16, 2020

Financial network of Airbus deal unveiled Featured

Fresh details have emerged on the financial network pertaining to the corrupt airbus deal involving former SriLankan Airlines Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kapila Chandrasena and his wife Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayake have been revealed.

The weekend publication - 'The Sunday Morning' has illustrated this financial network that was spun to avoid detection by law enforcement authorities.

Airbus infogra

On 13 November 2013, the first lump sum payment of $ 1 million, as per the consultation agreement between EADS France and BizSolutions, had been paid to BizSolutions while the second payment of $ 1 million had been made on 2 December 2013.

These payments were “for supporting the development of a sales strategy for the sale of six new A330 aircraft, four new A350 aircraft, and lease of three new aircraft in the territory of Sri Lanka to SriLankan Airlines by Airbus SAS,” according to the relevant invoices sent by BizSolutions to EADS France SAS.

Monies transferred by 3 Singapore bank accounts

According to the infographic published by the newspaper, the money had been transferred from three bank accounts in Singapore, maintained by BizSolutions.

Documents seen by 'The Sunday Morning' also indicate that the money had then been transferred from all three accounts to Chandrasena’s Australian bank account bearing number 06323610119179.

Accordingly, on 23 September 2013, a transfer of SGD 25,000 (Singapore dollars) had been made from the account bearing number 0102798125 at Singapore Standard Chartered bank to Chandrasena’s account at Commonwealth Bank (CommBank) in Australia.

A total of five transfers had been made from the account bearing number 0170807045 to Chandrasena’s Australian bank account between 2013 and 2014. These transfers were $100,000 on 3 April 2014, $100,000 on 28 February 2014, $100,000 on 17 January 2014, $ 30,000 on 23 October 2013, and AUD10,000 (Australian dollars) on 16 August 2013.

A further four transfers had been made from the account bearing number 0107130602 in the same bank to Chandrasena’s Australian bank account. The transfer amounts were € 199,965 on 18 September 2014, AUD200,000 on 7 August 2014, €100,000 on 8 July 2014, and €100,000 on 9 May 2014.

Barnes Place giveaway

Chandrasena’s Australian bank account (06323610119179) had listed Kapila Chandrasena as its beneficiary customer, and 47, Barnes Place, Colombo 7 as its beneficiary address.

Therefore, while the investigators had not found any evidence to prove that any of these monies had come to Sri Lanka, they ascertained that Chandrasena could not say that he was not aware of the money transfers as both ordering and beneficiary customer addresses are identical to the address given by Chandrasena at Barnes Place.

Consultant in Sri Lanka

In March 2013, European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) acquired the services of BizSolutions, Inc. – a computer consulting and development firm headed by Priyanka Niyomali Wijenayake, wife of then SriLankan CEO Chandrasena.

EADS is a part of EADS Group – the European leader in the aeronautic, defence, and space industries – and provides support to Airbus with regard to its commercial campaigns.

A consultant agreement was signed between EADS and BizSolutions on 29 March 2013 to secure and successfully complete Airbus’ project with SriLankan Airlines. EADS Corporate Vice President Jean-Pierre Talamoni and BizSolutions’ legal representative Wijenayake had signed the agreement on behalf of the two entities.

BizSolutions was incorporated in Negara Brunei Darussalam on 9 October 2012, and Wijenayake had been appointed as the first Director of the company. The registered office of the company is situated at Britannia House, No. 22, second floor, Cartor Road, Brander Seri Begawan BS 8811, Brunei Darussalam. According to documents seen by The Sunday Morning, any legal connection between SriLankan Airlines and BizSolutions, beyond the marital relationship between Chandrasena and Wijenayake, had never existed.

The Sunday Morning reliably learnt that the CID investigations had uncovered that present Air Mauritius CEO Somas Appavou who was the then Senior Sales Director for the Middle East and Africa at Airbus had helped Wijenayake form the new company on a request made by Chandrasena. The emails shared between Chandrasena and Airbus had clearly indicated that the money had been transferred to Wijenayake’s BizSolutions account as consultation fees.

(Excerpts : The Sunday Morning)