Open warrant issued to arrest former Sri Lankan ambassador to US Jaliya Wickramasuriya

A Sri Lankan court Thursday issued an open arrest warrant on former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya.

Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne Thursday issued the arrest warrant as Wickramasuriya failed to appear in court when the case against him was taken up for hearing. He has failed to appear in court after his court approved overseas travel to the United States.

The former Ambassador, who was in remand custody after his arrest by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) of the Police on November 18, 2016, was granted permission in July this year to travel to U.S. for eight weeks for medical treatment.

The magistrate ordered issuing notices to the four guarantors including his wife, who signed sureties to grant bail for Wickramasuriya, to appear before the court on February 16.

Wickramasuriya was arrested for allegedly misusing state resources during the tenure of the previous United People’s Freedom Alliance led Mr. Wickramasuriya government.

Wickramasuriya, a relative of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been accused of allegedly accepting a US$ 332,000 commission while serving as the Sri Lankan Ambassador in Washington.

 

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