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Two out of five suspects arrested in bank hacking case

2017/10/13 17:43:12

Taipei, Oct. 13 (CNA) Sri Lankan police have apprehended two of the five suspects allegedly involved in the hacking of US$60 million from Taiwan's Far Eastern International Bank earlier this month, according to an update from the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Friday.

CIB section chief Chiu Shao-chou (邱紹洲) told reporters that two individuals of dual British and Sri Lankan citizenship have been apprehended by Sri Lankan police.

One of the suspects, identified as Janaka Chaminda Nammuni, was arrested on Oct. 6 while trying to withdraw the equivalent of NT$15.7 million (about US$520.000) from a bank in Sri Lanka.

The other, identified as Shalila Moonesinghe, chairman of national liquefied petroleum gas supplier Litro Gas, was arrested on Oct. 9 after allegedly transferring US$1.1 million from Far Eastern International Bank to his personal account, according to Sri Lankan media reports.

Police in Sri Lanka are on the hunt for three remaining suspects -- one Sri Lankan and two Indians -- but have not ruled out the possibility that there were others involved in the heist.

As for the money that was illegally wired out, Chiu said 99.74 percent of it has either been recovered or at least frozen.

(By Chu Tse-wei and Kuan-lin Liu)
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