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Ex-Sri Lankan minister arrested over alleged financial fraud

IANS  |  Colombo 

Sri Lanka's former was arrested on Monday over an alleged financial fraud amounting to $340,000 committed during the tenure of the previous government.

Aluthgamage arrived at the (FCID) in Colombo to record a statement over the alleged deal which involved importing a consignment of carrom boards while he was in office in 2014, reports

He was arrested after being questioned for hours by investigators.

Sri Lanka's unity government, led by and Ranil Wickremesinghe, have vowed to curb corruption and arrest high-profile officials who were involved in financial fraud during the previous government.

Several cases against ministers in the former government have been lodged with the FCID and the island's

Former ministers named in corruption scandals have denied any wrongdoing and blamed the government for carrying out a witch-hunt.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 17:36 IST
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