Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Ministry has officially forwarded a request to the Singapore government through the Sri Lankan embassy to request the extradition of Arjuna Mahendran, the former Central Bank Governor and the main suspect of the treasury bond scam.
The request was made by the Foreign Ministry today, Attorney General's Coordinating Officer Senior State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne said.
The Attorney General Dappula de Livera on 2nd September handed over the document files required for the extradition of Mahendran to the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Defense and President Maithripala Sirisena on 6th September signed the documents which contain a 21000-page report prepared by the Attorney General.
After appearing before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to look into the large-scale Treasury bond scam, Arjun Mahendran went abroad and could not be arrested or repatriated to Sri Lanka.
The Attorney General has filed a case against ten defendants, including Mahendran, in the three-member special High Court.
The three-judge bench of the first Permanent Special High Court, which heard the case, last month issued a warrant for Mahendran's arrest.
Former Central Bank Governor was charged with committing an offense under Section 5 (1) of the Public Property Act by conspiring and abetting to commit criminal misappropriation in respect of Treasury Bonds to the face value of Rs 10.058 billion through the Treasury Bond auction on February 27, 2015.