Former Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the USA Jaliya Wickremesooriya has been arrested by the FCID say reports.
He has been arrested on charges of misappropriation of public money and would be taken before a Court today (18th).
Investigations being carried out have revealed he had misappropriated Rs. 3.2 million when buying a building for the Embassy using a fund of rs.6.6 million.
After the transaction had been completed the broker company involved in the transaction has informed Jaliya Wickremesooriya that a sum of Rs.3.2 million was remaining. He had e-mailed the broker company to deposit the money to a company in the USA.
Later, Jaliya Wickremesooriya has informed the relevant company in the USA to transfer the money to Ceylon Royal Tea Pvt. Ltd. and PP International Pvt. Ltd – both companies in Sri Lanka. The directions have been made by e-mail.
Investigations carried out by FCID on eh companies have revealed Ceylon Royal Tea Pvt. Ltd belongs to Jaliya Wickremesooriya.
Also, investigations carried out regarding PP International Pvt. Ltd have revealed that it has no connection with Jaliya Wickremesooriya. However, he had withdrawn the deposited money from the company.