Feb 12, 2017

Mangala’s FCID Shenanigans at Los Angeles Consulate

Two police officers of the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) flew all the way from Sri Lanka in the last week of January 2017 to interrogate an employee at the Consul General’s office in Los Angeles.

What “financial crime” were the two top cops – Deputy Inspector General of Police Ravi Waidylankara and Chief Inspector Anura Senarathna -- investigating that justified travel expenses running into thousands of dollars or the grilling of a highly-respected ministry employee over a two-day period ?

By Hassina Leelarathna
Feb. 8, 2017

The investigation was at the behest of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera. According to the state-controlled Daily News, “The minister told Parliament that a son of former Defence Secretary had allegedly wasted public funds by staying in Sri Lankan mission overseas. He stressed that these incidents need to be fully investigated by Parliament. Samaraweera said that financial irregularities has [sic] allegedly taken place when a house had been purchased for a Sri Lanka Consul General in Los Angeles in 2013, at a time when a Consul General has not been appointed.” ("Speaker appoints PSC to look into External Affairs Ministry," CDN 12/21/16)

The Sunday Times in a column reported that:

“The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) has started a probe on how a Sri Lanka Consul General’s office in Los Angeles received Government funds running into millions of rupees when it was not staffed for more than two years.” ("Millions wasted on Lanka's ghost consulate in LA," ST 12/11/16)

The ST columnist went on to give the probe international proportions adding that “FCID detectives said they may obtain the help of US investigative agencies to question those linked to transactions in Los Angeles.” ................