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Extradition of former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran

JVP asks for Govt’s stance on Singapore response

The JVP yesterday in Parliament queried the Government’s stance on the response from Singapore on President Maithripala Sirisena’s allegation of sheltering former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran.

“The President addressing a Bribery Commission event said that he appealed to the Singaporean Prime Minister to return former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, but that was not heeded. Now Singapore has given a diplomatic response. Singapore says that Sri Lanka has not submitted information required under Singapore´s extradition laws to return Mahendran. What does the Government have to say about it? The President, being the Head of State, represents the country. His statement was not considered a private statement,” Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa said.

Dr. Jayatissa further said that a separate Parliamentary debate must be held on the extravagant ceremony to launch a five-year action plan to combat bribery and corruption at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo.

The JVP MP, joining in the Committee Stage debate of the ‘Budget 2019’ in Parliament yesterday, questioned on the exorbitant spending for the event organized by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC). “About 1,250 attended the event. Who spent for their meals? Who spent for the big digital screen put up for the event?” he questioned.

Earlier, foreign media reports stated that Singapore rejected on Wednesday President Maithripala Sirisena’s allegation it was sheltering a former Central Bank Chief wanted for fraud, saying Colombo failed to provide documents to support its extradition request.

Mahendran extradition  documents ready - Amaraweera 

Disna Mudalige, Camelia Nathaniel and Menaka Indrakumar

All documents needed for the extradition of former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran have been completed, Chief Opposition Whip UPFA MP Mahinda Amaraweera said.

Replying to JVP MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa in Parliament yesterday, Amaraweera said all necessary information has been diplomatically communicated in writing to the relevant authorities in Singapore.

He also told the House that President Maithripala Sirisena would detail the Singaporean authorities and the people of Sri Lanka shortly on the steps he has taken to get Mahendran back to the country.

“The President has done everything in his capacity. The President also made a private request when he met the Singaporean Prime Minister,” he added.

At this point JVP MP Dr Jayatissa remarked that he requested a clarification from the Government, but instead it was Opposition MP Amaraweera who replied. UNP MP Mujibar Rahuman observed that it proves that the President is siding with the Opposition today.

UPFA MP Udaya Gammanpila said that Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorala must explain to the House as to why she did not provide the necessary documents to the Singapore Government for the extradition of Mahendran.

“The President after his meeting with the Singaporean Prime Minister instructed the authorities in Sri Lanka to take steps for Mahendran’s extradition. Matters pertaining to extradition come under the Justice Ministry. There was an Interpol red notice on Mahendran. Singapore’s response shows that the Singaporean authorities were not even aware of that. Who blocked this message? There must have been some pressure on her to do so. Mahendran is the most wanted man in this country. She must tell the House as to who prevented her from acting against Mahendran,” Gammanpila said.


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