The Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Arjuna Mahendran last week said the Monetary Authority has received information from ‘a third party’ in relation to the list of Sri Lankans linked to the leaked ‘Panama Papers’ though stopping short of divulging names of individuals/companies under probe, citing privacy laws.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, the Governor said the veracity of the document in the possession of the Central Bank is currently being investigated by the Central Bank’s Financial Investigation Unit (FIU).
“We have to act very responsibly. There are international conventions that cover this data and we don’t want to flout any of those regulations or even our own laws,” Mahendran said noting that this was to guarantee privacy to individuals. “Unless people are being confirmed evidence through a court of law it will be wrong for us to reveal anything. So at this point what we can say is we are investigating the material and awaiting more material to come since there are millions of pages of them,” he said.