Ex-Sri Lankan diplomat arrested for corruption

Colombo, Nov 18 (IANS) Sri Lanka’s former ambassador to the US, Jaliya Wickramasuriya, was arrested on Friday for suspected misuse of state funds under the previous government.

Wickramasuriya, a relative of former President Mahinda Rajapakse, was arrested by the Financial Crimes Investigations Division for allegedly accepting a $245,000 commission while serving as the envoy in Washington, Xinhua news agency reported.

He is also suspected to have defrauded more than $33,000 in purchasing a building for the Sri Lankan embassy in the US. The former diplomat is expected appear in a court later on Friday.