SriLanka airline ex-chief Chandrasena faces arrest, Tony Fernandes steps aside after Airbus revelations

Sri Lanka’s Attorney General has sought the arrest ex-SriLankan Airlines chief executive Kapila Chandrasena and his wife, while AirAsia’s boss Tony Fernandes has stepped down in the wake of UK bribery probe on Airbus, an aircraft maker.

Sri Lanka’s Attorney General has asked police to get a warrant and arrest Chandrasena and his wife Priyanka Wijenayaka as suspects on charges of money laundering, related to the acquisition of Airbus aircraft for SriLankan Airlines.

The AG also asked police criminal investigation department to share investigation results with Sri Lanka’s anti-bribery office.

Airbus agreed to pay around 3.5 billion Euros to the governments France, UK and US in a settlement following a joint investigation for alleged bribery in sales.

Court documents in UK said Airbus had engaged as a business partner the wife of a SriLankan Airlines executive in 2013 identified as ‘Intermediary 1’, though she had no aviation experience.

Airbus had also misled the UK export credit agency over the intermediary’s identify and sex, the documents said.

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