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Sri Lanka plans criminal probe into Airbus deal

Inquiry finds corruption in Sri Lankan Airlines' US$2.3b purchase under previous govt

Anti-corruption activist and lawyer J C Weliamuna (right) with Prime Minister Wickremesinghe after handing over the inquiry report which found a "culture of corruption" in Sri Lankan Airlines, which had accumulated losses of over US$650 million.


SRI LANKA'S new government has announced a criminal investigation into the US$2.3 billion purchase of 10 Airbus aircraft for the island's loss-making national carrier under the former government.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickreme-singhe's office said an independent board of