President signs documents seeking Mahendran’s extradition from Singapore

President Maithripala Sirisena has signed the documents seeking the extradition of former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran from Singapore, the President’s Office said today.

Mahendran is wanted over the Central Bank treasury bond scam committed in 2015.

Singapore said this week that it will will consider the extradition request for Arjuna Mahendran, a Singapore national of Sri Lankan origin, accused in 2015 of passing sensitive information to his bond-dealer son-in-law to make millions in undue profits, the Straits Times reported.

Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Singapore Government would consider the extradition request once the necessary supporting information and documents were received.

It said the information and documents had been requested since January 18 this year, and the Sri Lankan High Commission has also confirmed that these documents have not yet been conveyed to the Singapore Government.

“When we receive them, we will consider the extradition request further in accordance with Singapore law,” the ministry said.

The Attorney General has submitted documents amounting to 21,000 pages to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence to be lodged with Singapore.

Mahendran had been indicted in June for causing losses of more than US$11 million to the state.

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