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Sri Lankan airlines owed over 100 million rupees for Rajapaksa private flights

Sri Lanka’s national airline is owed 122.3 million rupees in outstanding costs for chartered flights taken during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidency.

The outstanding amount, of which Rs. 114 million is attributed to the Presidential Secretariat and the remainder to the foreign ministry, was for several flights out of 65 chartered by Rajapaksa between March 2009 and December 2014, including to Israel, South Africa, Italy and Bolivia.

The details were revealed by a SriLankan Airlines official to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into ‘irregularities’ at the airline and its subsidiaries.

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