Singapore rejects Sirisena’s assertion over Mahendran
AFP is reporting that a Singapore government spokesman has said that the Sri Lanka government has failed to provide adequate information to extradite Arjuna Mahendran.
The spokesman was reacting to Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena’s comments made Monday that he is disappointed with the government of Singapore that it had not clarified whether the former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Mahendran who is a suspect in an alleged bond scam is living in that country or not.
Mahendran is a Singaporean citizen and the Sri Lankan government believes he fled there when charges were to be filed against the former Governor.
He is the first accused in the case. His son-in-law Arjun Aloysius and an employee in the trading firm Perpetual Treasuries are also charged in the same case.
Sirisena who was speaking at the launch of a five-year anti-graft drive in Colombo Monday said that on a visit to Singapore in January this year he had met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and apprised him of the need for Mahendran to be brought to Sri Lanka to face justice.
Sirisena said that PM Lee had assured him that “if there is such a person we will certainly ensure that procedures are followed and he be sent back.” However, Sirisena said, nothing has happened and he was “disappointed at the inaction.”
“At least the government of Singapore should clarify as to whether this individual is living in their country or not,” the president said.
Sirisena said he was the first head of government since the 1950s who appointed a Presidential Commission of Inquiry into acts committed by his own government. “This inquiry into the Bonds Scam caught the imagination of the people,” he said.
The president who did not name Mahendran said that an Interpol Red Notice had been issued against the former Governor. “He appealed against the Red notice saying that the warrant against him was politically motivated. However a judge turned down the appeal and another notice has been issued.”