Nov 17, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Friday issued an arrest warrant on former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya.
Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne issued the arrest warrant as Wickramasuriya failed to appear in court today when the case against him was taken up for hearing.
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.
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.
The Magistrate also issued notices on the persons who signed as sureties to grant bail for Wickramasuriya.