President’s office insists no official communication from Singapore

The President’s office today insisted that there was no official communication from Singapore with regards to the request to handover former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran to Sri Lanka.

News reports on Wednesday said that Singapore had rejected President Maithripala Sirisena’s allegation that it was sheltering a former central bank chief wanted for fraud, saying Colombo failed to provide documents to support its extradition request.

On Monday, Sirisena accused Singapore of sheltering Arjuna Mahendran, one of his country’s former central bank chiefs wanted in connection with a high-profile US$74 million insider trading scam.

The Sri Lankan president said he had appealed to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in January to return Mahendran, who is believed to be in Singapore, but claimed nothing had been done.


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