Dismissing an alleged statement made by a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore that the Government of Sri Lanka has not provided any documents requesting for the deportation of a person from that country, the President's Media Division (PMD) in a statement said today that Sri Lanka had made an official request on May 28, 2018 through the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence at diplomatic level to extradite Arjun Mahendran to Sri Lanka.
" Subsequently, the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed the relevant Sri Lankan authorities, including the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, that the attention of the Attorney-General of Singapore has already been drawn regarding the request made by Sri Lanka," the statement said.
The extradition law applicable to Singapore is the Extradition Act enforced in that country. Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation, by its submission 8266/2018-B, to the Fort Magistrate states that the former Governor of the Central Bank has committed an offence that falls within offence No.18 in Section 2 of the Extradition Act of Singapore.
"Based on that report, the INTERPOL has issued a Red Notice on April 19, 2018, and the said Red Notice has also been attached to the extradition request made from the Singaporean government", the statement said.
During the recent official visit made by President Maithripala Sirisena to Singapore, the President made a request to extradite Mahendran to Sri Lanka based on that foundation.
Accordingly, the Sri Lankan government has provided the core information necessary for the Singaporean government to extradite Mahendran, and it has also been requested, on that basis, a warrant to be issued against him through the officials of the government of Singapore, the PMD said.
It was also revealed that the Attorney-General of Singapore has informed the Sri Lankan counterpart through the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry to further explain the accusations leveled against Arjun Mahendran and, at present, the Sri Lankan Attorney-General is preparing a detailed report to be submitted to Singapore according to the recent letter received from them.