Thursday, 17 September 2020 10:18

Warrant issued over alleged financial fraud Jaliya Wickramasuriya to be recalled?

A request was made to recall the warrant issued over Jaliya Wickramasuriya, former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States during Mahinda Rajapaksa government.

The request was made by lawyers appearing for Wickramasuriya before the Fort Magistrate Court yesterday (16).

Wickramasuriya was arrested and remanded by the Criminal Investigation Department in 2016 for allegedly misappropriating US$ 132,000 belonging to the Sri Lankan government whilst purchasing a building during his tenure as the Ambassador to the US.

The suspect was released on bail after obtaining the Court's approval to travel back to the US for a month's period to seek medical treatment, however, no return was ever reported.

In light of the request made by Wickramasuriya's lawyers to recall the warrant, the CID appearing before the Court stated in a report that it does not oppose the request.

The case was taken up for trial before Additional Fort Magistrate Shalani Perera yesterday (16), and she had directed that the request be made to the Fort Permanent Magistrate, thereby ordering the case to be further heard on September 22.

Mr. Jaliya Wickramasuriya is a relative of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Noteworthy that the US government has also filed charges against Wickramasuriya in connection with the illegal money transactions.



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