Nishantha says he got millions, wrist watch as gifts from sons


SriLankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe yesterday declared that the foreign currency amounting to Rs. 4 million and the gold watch stolen from his residence were gifts from his two sons in Australia.

The diamond studded gold wristwatch

Mr. Wickremasinghe told the Sunday Times the two sons who came on a holiday in April had given him the money as a present to his wife while the diamond-studded gold watch was a birthday gift for him.“Since the foreign currency was gifted in April we have a 90-day period to deposit the money. We were negotiating with the bank to deposit it,” he said.

Mr. Wickremasinghe said he was happy that the watch had been recovered along with part of the money.
Police on Wednesday arrested a drug addict who was reportedly involved in the robbery at Mr. Wickremesinghe’s Mount Lavinia residence on June 9.

The suspect was arrested in Dehiwala following information that he had been changing dollars in recent weeks. He was produced in the Mount Lavina Magistrate Courts and granted bail.Meanwhile, Exchange Controller P.H.O. Hewawasam said that for them to carry out an investigation about a person holding excess foreign currency, the police would have to make a complaint to them.
He said under the law a person could hold only US dollars 2,000 and anything above that should be deposited within 90 days of receiving such money.

However, Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said he was unaware whether the Exchange Controller had been informed about the declaration made by Mr. Wickremasinghe.

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