Billionaire tycoon Harry Jayawardena’s attempts to transfer over 200 million USD worth of assets, which includes a significant amount of cash held in Trust accounts in Gibraltar, was thwarted by his erstwhile business partners Raj Obeysekera, Zaki Alif and Sonia Weimann, representing one of Sri Lanka’s most successful privately held companies – Milford Exports Ceylon Limited. In a sensational court battle it has transpired that the controversial businessman with a string of directorships and chairmanships to his name, and the Honorary Consul for Denmark, has made a crude attempt to mislead one of Europe’s most respected banks into illegally transferring a phenomenally huge asset that was held in trust for Milford Exports Ceylon Limited (MEL) by a Trust set up in the known tax haven of Gibraltar. MEL is a company said to be beneficially owned, operated and controlled by the famous four of Sri Lanka’s commercial elite – Dr V. P. Vitachchi, Harry Jayawardena, Zaki Alif and Raj Obeysekera.
In the process, the mystery surrounding Harry Jayawardena’s claim made during the Supreme Court hearings into the flawed privatisation process of Sri Lanka Insurance can now be revealed. In 2009 during those Supreme Court hearings into that privatisation process, Harry Jayawardena claimed that the foreign buyer involved in the buyout of Sri Lanka Insurance was not related to him, saying at the time that, “he had no management or financial interest in Greenfield Holding EM Limited”. It has now transpired that Greenfield Holding EM Limited, a company that Jayawardena claimed to not have a management or financial interest in, was in fact held in trust for MEL a company in which Jayawardena holds the majority shareholding. Reliable sources have revealed that public interest litigators well known for their previous actions have indicated that appropriate representations will be made urgently to the Supreme Court complaining that a clear case of contempt of court exists to which Jayawardena needs to explain himself.