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Open warrant issued to arrest Sri Lanka’s former ambassador to US

Colombo's Fort Magistrate has issued an open warrant for the arrest of the government’s former ambassador to the United States.

The former ambassador, Jaliya Wickramasuriya, is wanted by Sri Lanka’s Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) over the alleged misuse of government spending.

It is alleged that there were irregularities in the purchase of a building to house the Sri Lankan in Washington DC. He is also accused of accepting a US$ 332,000 “commission” during his tenure as ambassador.