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Court re-issues arrest warrant against Jaliya Wickramasuriya

The Colombo Fort Magistrate yesterday re-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.

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 US.

When the case came up before Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, neither the suspect nor the sureties of the suspect were present in Court.

At a previous occasion the Court was informed through the defence counsel that Jaliya Wickramasuriya has gone abroad for medical treatment with Court permission but failed to return before due date. Defence counsel said his client is still receiving treatments at a hospital in USA.

Accordingly, the Magistrate yesterday re-issued warrants for the arrest of two sureties including the wife of Jaliya Wickramasuriya for their failure to appear before court.

The Magistrate announced that the court would issue an appropriate order regarding the issue that sureties would be liable for confiscation of bail amount since they failed to appear in court.

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. Further magisterial inquiry fixed for October 3.


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