Open warrant re-issued on Jaliya’s two sureties | Daily News

Open warrant re-issued on Jaliya’s two sureties

Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake yesterday re-issued an open warrant for the arrest of the two sureties of former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States Jaliya Wickramasuriya.

The two sureties are his wife and a brother-in-law and they are now wanted in court due to the continued absence of the wanted suspect, Wickramasuriya. The two sureties are also missing.

The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) had filed a ‘B’ report in the Fort Magistrate’s Court against Jaliya Wickramasuriya for allegedly misappropriating US$ 330,000 out of USD 6.6 million allocated for purchasing a building for the Sri Lankan Embassy in the United States. The FCID yesterday informed the court that US$ 82,000 out of the USD 330,000 had been deposited in a separate account by Wickramasuriya.The FCID also stated that they are conducting an investigation regarding the incident.

The FCID alleged that the suspect had misappropriated the concerned amount during the purchase of a building to house the Sri Lankan Embassy at 3025, White Haven Street, Washington, DC. The former Ambassador had allegedly remitted this money to Sri Lanka. The former Ambassador is a close relative of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and was appointed by the former President as ambassador to the US.

The Magistrate fixed further inquiries for December 5.

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