A delegation led by Secretary to the Ministry of Justice W.M.M.R. Adhikari has been tasked to discuss with Singaporean counterparts the details of a Mutual Legal Assistance Programme to enable the two countries to gather and exchange information with the objective of enforcing public or criminal laws, Colombo Telegraph learns.
Such an agreement would be a prerequisite to have the former Governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran, a Singaporean citizen, extradited so he could be questioned over his role in the Central Bank bond scam.
Mahendran is reported to have taken refuge in his country of citizenship because as of now that country does not have agreements of cooperation in such instances. Mahendran’s is the only case on which such a programme would have an impact.
Adhikari’s delegation includes Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) Senior Superintendent K.D. Priyantha, and Attorney General’s Department official Tusith Mudalige who liaises with the FCID, the Sunday Times reports.
In April, Arjuna Mahendran who is evading arrest in Sri Lanka over his role in the controversial multi billion rupee Bond Scam, has been spotted in the busy area called ‘Little India’ in Singapore.