“A US Treasury team recently conducted an assessment of the Sri Lankan financial sector and concluded that there are weaknesses in the banking sector open to possible exploitation. The assessment concluded that drugs, human smuggling and corruption are the crimes that generate most money laundering problems in Sri Lanka.” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.
The Colombo Telegraph found the related leaked cable from the WikiLeaks database. The “Confidential” cable discuses Sri Lanka’s counterterrorism finance initiatives and financial crimes. The cable was written by the US Ambassador to Colombo Jeffrey J. Lunstead on March 11, 2004.
The ambassador wrote;”The assessments also found areas where additional assistance is warranted, including new anti-money laundering legislation; training for Central Bank and banking sector employees; training for judges, prosecutors and investigators; the development of a casino regulatory scheme and awareness training for legislators and other government officials.”