Extraditing Mahendran: S'pore wants SL to check on the procedure

2018-06-06 23:10:53

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today that the Singapore government had asked the Sri Lankan government to make a request about the procedure to extradite Central Bank's former governor Arjun Mahendran as its laws did not allow Singapore to arrest him based on an Interpol red notice.

He said the CID had made a formal request from the Defense Secretary on April 25 because our extradition laws were under his purview.

The Prime Minister said this when responding to a question asked by Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake whether the Sri Lankan government had sought international assistance to locate and arrest Mr. Mahendran based on Interpol blue and red notices issued on April 5 and 10.

The PM said he did not know where Mahendran resided in Singapore in response to a question as to why he could not help locate Mr. Mahendran because the latter was his friend.

“I knew where he lived earlier but he had changed his address several times thereafter,” the Prime Minister said and added that he had lost contact with Mr. Mahendran since the presidential commission began its investigations. “He used to inform me whenever he went abroad during his tenure as governor but he had not done so after he left Central Bank. The present governor of Central Bank also informed me whenever he goes abroad but I don’t expect him to do the same when he leaves the post."

However, the PM informed the House that he had questioned Mahendran whether it was a correct for him to leave the country to attend a family wedding in 2016 when a probe was being carried out on the bond scam.

Responding to another question asked by Mr. Dissanayake whether he accepted that something illegal had taken place, the Prime Minister said legal action was being taken because something illegal had taken place. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 28

  • Bond Thursday, 7 June 2018 08:25

    No wonder there are so many "tourists" in Singapore! Good idea to increase foreigners to visit Sri Lanka!!!

    Reply : 2       26

    Lion G.P. Guruge Thursday, 7 June 2018 08:36

    If Prez and PM takes few steps forward, there is no hassle of getting down Mahendran from Singapore. Why they are sloppy on this issue.

    Reply : 2       41

    Henry Samuel Thursday, 7 June 2018 09:36

    Both are rotten eggs, no use.

    Reply : 8       45

    Prakash Thursday, 7 June 2018 11:25

    In the Interpol's red notice list, Mahendran name does not even appear. What is the PM talking?

    Reply : 0       21

    Ven. Kottawa Amaratissa Thero Thursday, 7 June 2018 08:37

    Sir, you don't have any interest to bring a culprit from Singapore, you are protecting him, for the long run - I warn you, its not a good sign for you.

    Reply : 11       52

    P. Udugama Thursday, 7 June 2018 09:33

    If this Thero says something, it will happen. So, RW's days are counted because he supports the thieves.

    Reply : 14       24

    City Thursday, 7 June 2018 10:27

    Please note there is a protocol procedure to follow.also Singapore maintains its diplomatic procedures at its best. suppose he is found not guilty,we have to pay the price.

    Reply : 16       25

    Piyarathne Gamage Thursday, 7 June 2018 11:25

    City....there are two things..protocol procedures

    Reply : 3       1

    JKD. Jayaratne [Ex-Principal] Thursday, 7 June 2018 08:40

    We don't need your bullshit talks Mister. Bring Arjun Mahendran as early as possible or you and your party will have to meet severe defeats in the years to come.

    Reply : 17       39

    Anil Weerasinghe Thursday, 7 June 2018 09:30

    Whether he brings Arjun or not - Ranil or UNP will never come to power. Any bet ?

    Reply : 14       42

    K. Peter Dominic Fransis Thursday, 7 June 2018 08:43

    By saving your good friend, you yourself going to be criticized badly in public - JVP is organizing a vast rally soon demanding you to step down. Before that, somehow bring Mahendran back to SriLanka.

    Reply : 6       28

    J.M. Somapala (Manning Market Vendor) Thursday, 7 June 2018 09:22

    If JVP organize a rally to eliminate Ranil from his seat, surely we (true UNP) supporters will back you guys.

    Reply : 7       28

    Unchikun Thursday, 7 June 2018 08:48

    The Prime Minister too all responsibility to appoint Mahendarn as the Governor of the Central Bank. Now he must take full responsibility to bring him to Sri Lanka and hang him at Galle Face. It not he should take full responsibility and quit politics.

    Reply : 8       24

    JOHAN Thursday, 7 June 2018 11:19

    Arresting or not arresting is not our concern. At least get the money back.

    Reply : 2       7

    johan Thursday, 7 June 2018 09:15

    In Sri Lanka the procedure is all fraudsters and thieves freely move then given chance for escape route.After escaped Interpol Red Notice is issued

    Reply : 2       20

    sil Thursday, 7 June 2018 09:21

    IF Mahhendran not appeared,then UNP better not go for elections,public will teach lesson to UNP, for its dishonorable,shameless , dishonest, politics

    Reply : 5       22

    Roy Munaweera Thursday, 7 June 2018 09:25

    99.9% SriLankans point their finger at you Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe for safe-guarding a IRC. Won't you feel shame or fear for your wrong doings, after all wearing Coat and suit?

    Reply : 9       25

    Mrs. Ramani Jayaratne (Principal) Thursday, 7 June 2018 09:28

    Yes, it is your responsibility to get down the culprit Mahendran to SL, because you only appointed him without listening to the Hon. President.

    Reply : 6       21

    Sanath Jayatilaka Thursday, 7 June 2018 09:36

    PM is a lawyer. He should remember The Benwel Case. The famous Bank Robbery in the UK. There has to be an extradition agreement to have him removed from Singapore. Dont bluff the country. I have more to say but I stop now

    Reply : 5       22

    Wise Donkey Thursday, 7 June 2018 11:48

    How long one needs to check this out? Same issue has been repeatedly mentioned. It looks as if they are buying time to ease the pressure.......

    Reply : 1       8

    Yeti Thursday, 7 June 2018 12:14

    Now's your chance, jump to it!!!

    Reply : 1       7

    joshua Thursday, 7 June 2018 12:16

    keep checking until the next election

    Reply : 0       10

    Leo Thursday, 7 June 2018 12:16

    If even a Red alert doesn't allow to extradite a person who is hiding from Sri Lankan Justice what happens to all the Singaporeans working in SL after the trade agreement may be we will have to have a court of law and a prison in Singapore to house all the culprits. What a world to live!

    Reply : 1       7

    Doug Thursday, 7 June 2018 12:18

    Even an Interpol red warrant can't touch Mahendran, what a joke this has turned out to be.

    Reply : 0       10

    Sinhalaya Thursday, 7 June 2018 12:29

    Who ever wrote this article should check their grammar. Not good for an English newspaper

    Reply : 3       7

    Waco Thursday, 7 June 2018 12:46

    From now on all Sri Lankans must ignor RW, until he brings Arjune Mahenda to Sri Lanka. Do not invite RW for any Functions, Ceremonies etc,etc.

    Reply : 5       10

    lankan Thursday, 7 June 2018 13:04

    we are a nation of losers. now it is YOU TAKE CARE ME NOW, I WILL TAKE CARE YOU WHEN I AM COMING TO POWER mode. all are in one league. we are doomed.

    Reply : 0       10

    jeffaloy Thursday, 7 June 2018 17:18

    Why wasting time on bringing down Mahendran and keeping in custody the PTL chiefs. Why can't the government pass some sort of a legal bill in the Parliament and disburse the Assets of PTL and reimburse the money because atlast that is what is needed to the country,

    Reply : 0       3

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