Bringing Mahendran to SL not easy: Prof. Mahanamahewa

Singapore is not known to have extradited its citizens under extradition laws

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Bringing back Central Bank's former governor Arjuna Mahendran to the country is not as easy as the President Maithripala Sirisena thinks, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Technology Jamaica, West Indies, Prof. Prathiba Mahanamahewa said.

He told the Daily Mirror that there was no possible way of bringing Mr. Mahendran to Sri Lanka at this stage despite the documents relating to extraditing him being signed by the President yesterday.

“We have not signed an extradition treaty with Singapore and Sri Lanka's extradition act will not carry any weight in Singapore,” the Professor said. According to the Singapore extradition law, it contains robbery, bribery, crime or cheating. As such Mahendran as a citizen falls under the extradition act and is applicable to him,” Prof. Mahanamahewa said

However, he said Arjuna Mahendran could defend himself by means of reasons such as his fundamental rights are violated in Sri Lanka, he would never be sent by Singapore to Sri Lanka; if he is politically victimised, Singapore will never send him according to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that Singapore has signed and if there is under threat or intimidation in Sri Lanka, Mahendran will not be sent here.

“Mahendran is a well prepared and organised man because of the several newspaper reports on him. Therefore, he will come out and say he would be politically victimised once he is sent to Sri Lanka as the country is heading to an election period,” Prof. Mahanamahewa said and added that the Singaporean Government was very strict with regard to the fundamental rights of its citizens.

Referring to the report containing more than 21,000 pages to be submitted to the Singaporean Government for Mr. Mahahendran's extradition, he said once the Singaporean Government received the report, it would be sent to the Ministry of Foreign affairs and Ministry of Justice to be reviewed.

“This is a long process. In fact, the relevant documents to extradite Mahendran could have been sent earlier,” Prof. Mahanamahewa said. “Sri Lanka can make a request to the Singaporean Government. However, it is up to them to consider the request." (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Ranjith Saturday, 07 September 2019 04:34 PM

    Maitreepalas political gymics why did he wait for a such long time and wait for election time

    Dee Saturday, 07 September 2019 04:50 PM

    So are the other crooks who are out there. They know they can't be nailed. And what if some of them come into power? Hooray Run!

    Karu Saturday, 07 September 2019 05:05 PM

    Criminals are always well organised.

    Mandayan Saturday, 07 September 2019 05:23 PM

    A very basic question that Mahendren legal term raised in a judicial review for extradition is that how the sacked finance minster was reappointed as Minister again without any action by the same President?

    City Saturday, 07 September 2019 05:45 PM

    Don't worry it's a part of 'MS Nadagama'.

    Daft Saturday, 07 September 2019 06:08 PM

    First get the local big guns . Think about Mahendran later. He is not a SL. Don't be daft to try to bring him.

    Harith Saturday, 07 September 2019 06:58 PM

    If they don't send him, tell the government of Singapore to pay the losses.

    ravin Saturday, 07 September 2019 06:59 PM

    Do not worry much. Our man's attitude is whatever he does, rest of the world is must believe and do as he pleased. So................. ????

    sss Saturday, 07 September 2019 07:30 PM

    You say not easy. What established scientific law is we are breaking if he is brought back

    Edwin Saturday, 07 September 2019 07:36 PM

    Wasted 21 Thousand papers.

    Jeffry Sunday, 08 September 2019 07:54 PM

    Why can''t the government take over the seized assets and funds and recover the loss.


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