16 November 2018
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Corruption of tea trader Jaliya Wickramasuriya has been rewarded by Mahinda Rajapaksha

 

mahinda jaliyaSri Lanka’s Ambassador to the USA, Mr. Jaliya Wickramasuriya, a cousin of President Mahinda Rajapaksha has been more interested in his tea business and other fraudulent activities in the USA than the work of his diplomatic assignment. One cannot also expect good results from an unqualified and unskilled person like Wickramasuriya in his ambassadorial assignment.

It is no secret that during his time in this high office the relations between the USA and Sri Lanka got worsened and USA moved resolution after resolution in Geneva against Sri Lanka. Therefore, Wickramasuriya has pathetically failed in his duties. Another US resolution is expected in Geneva in March 2014.

 

However, according to our sources at the External Affairs Ministry in Colombo, he has now been appointed as next High Commissioner to Canada, sidelining Mr. Esala Weerakoon, a very senior Diplomatic Service Officer. Ironically, this new appointment has been done to reward Wickramasuriya for corruption according to Mahinda Rajapaksha theory of “saving our man by shaping up things”. This practice has now become a core principle of “Mahinda Chinthana”.

The story behind the new appointment is that Wickramasuriya has been found guilty of fraudulent misappropriation of US Dollars 350,000/- during the recent purchase of a building for the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D C. Dr. P B Jayasundera, Secretary to Ministry of Finance has helped Wickramasuriya by providing funds urgently to purchase this building while misguiding Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of Ministers.
A 62 year old 07 bedroom house at 3025, Whitehaven Street NW, Washington DC 20008 was purchased for use as Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC in January this year at a cost of US Dollars 6, 250, 000/-.   But Wickramasuriya has got the Cabinet approval of US Dollars 6, 600,000/- for purchase of this building. After finalizing the deal he has stolen US Dollars 350, 000/- of poor tax payers money of Sri Lanka. The details of this building and respective real estate agents are available at internet link www.redfin.com/DC/Washington/3025-Whitehaven-St-NW-20008/home/9988570. According to our sources in the USA no reports on valuation, structural and other conditions of the building has been obtained by Sri Lanka.

Later, Mahinda Rajapaksha has been informed of this corrupt activity by the Foreign Ministry but in accordance with his normal practice he has given Wickramasuriya yet another diplomatic posting as High Commissioner to Canada by cutting a senior public servant. Mahinda Rajapaksha has also ordered G L Peiris not to conduct any investigation into this deal.
The hilarious thing is that Wickramasuriya will have to appear before the high post committee of Parliament soon in order to get his new appointment cleared. The chairman of this Committee is the Prime Minister and there are a number of opposition MPs including Leader of the Opposition as members of the Committee. But Foreign Ministry sources say that this Committee will clear Wickramasuriya without even asking a single question.

Sri Lankans in the USA have told this website that Wickramasuriya was not interested in any official work at the Embassy but only interested in promoting his tea business. He has been using Embassy resources for this purpose and got the Foreign Ministry to appoint staff to deal with the business. These staff are not paid by Wickramasuriya’s company but the government of Sri Lank. These payments include housing, health and educational grants. Our sources in Washington said that Gayan Edirisinghe, a close relative of Mrs. Daya Gallage, private secretary to Mahinda Rajapaksha has been appointed in the Embassy, during last 06 years, exclusively to manage the tea business. Wickramasuriya has told his close friends in the USA that he recently got services of Edirisinghe extended once again by misleading G L Peiris. Therefore, after Wickramasuriya’s departure to Canada Edirisinghe will run the tea business in the USA.

 

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