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* Jaliya Wickramasuriya gets court nod to visit US for 8 weeks for medical treatment
Mon, Jul 10, 2017, 08:20 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 10, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Monday granted permission to former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States Jaliya Wickramasuriya to travel to U.S. for eight weeks.

Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today granted permission to Jaliya Wickramasuriya to seek treatment in the United States for eight weeks after reviewing the Colombo Eye Hospital Director's report.

Accordingly, he was ordered to pay two sureties of Rs 1.5 million each and a property he owns as bail.

The former ambassador had requested permission from the court earlier to go to the US for three months to get treatment for an eye illness.

Accordingly, the Court requested a report from the Director of the Eye Hospital in Sri Lanka to determine whether Wickramasuriya's illness can be treated in Sri Lanka.

The Former Ambassador was arrested by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) of the Police on November 18, 2016 for allegedly misusing state resources during the tenure of the previous United People's Freedom Alliance led 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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