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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2222

Open warrant issued to arrest former US ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya

Colombo, 06 January, (Asiantribune.com):

Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne issued an open warrant on the former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya.

An arrest warrant had been issued on him on November 17 last year since he failed to appear in the court when the case was taken up for hearing.

Wickramasuriya was earlier arrested for allegedly misappropriating funds allocated for purchasing a building for the Sri Lankan Embassy in US. He was later released on bail by the Colombo Fort Magistrate.

He obtained bail from the Colombo High Court. Subsequently with the permission of the Magistrate, the suspect went to the US for medical treatment for two months.

Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday issued an open warrant for the arrest of former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States Jaliya Wickramasuriya for his failure to appear before Court.

An arrest warrant had been issued on him on November 17 last year since he failed to appear in the court when the case was taken up for hearing.

Mr. Wickramasuriya was earlier arrested for allegedly misappropriating funds allocated for purchasing a building for the Sri Lankan Embassy in US. He was later released on bail by the Colombo Fort Magistrate.

When the case came up before the Colombo Fort Magistrate, the suspect was not present in Court.

The Court was informed through his Counsel that the suspect has gone abroad for medical treatment with Court permission but failed to return before the due date.

President’s Counsel Shavindra Fernando appearing for the suspect further said his client is still receiving treatment at a hospital in the United States.

Meanwhile, the Magistrate warned that sureties would be liable for confiscation of the bail amount if they failed to appear in court on the next hearing date.

Two sureties including the wife of Jaliya Wickramasuriya were not present in court yesterday as well. Further magisterial inquiry was fixed for February 16.

The FCID had filed a B report in the Fort Magistrate’s Court against Jaliya Wickramasuriya for allegedly misappropriating USD 330,000 out of USD 6.6 million allocated for purchasing a building for the Sri Lankan Embassy in the US.

The suspect was remanded by the Magistrate on that charge. The FCID alleged that the suspect had misappropriated the concerned amount committed during the purchase of a building to house the Sri Lankan embassy at 3025, White Haven Street, Washington 20008.

The former ambassador had remitted this money to Sri Lanka.

The former Ambassador is a close relative of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

- Asian Tribune -

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