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Sri Lanka Cricket’s chief finance officer arrested for suspected TV rights fraud – police

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Police arrested the chief monetary officer of Sri Lanka Cricket on Monday for suspected monetary misappropriation linked with awarding telecast rights to Sony TV, police mentioned.

The International Cricket Council mentioned this month that its anti-corruption unit was investigating critical allegations in Sri Lankan cricket and had supplied an in depth briefing to the nation’s president, prime minister and sports activities minister.

“Following the investigation the CID arrested the main suspect. He is the chief financial officer of Sri Lanka Cricket,” Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara advised Reuters, naming him as 42-year previous Wimal Nandika Dissanayake.

Dissanayake’s legal professionals weren’t instantly obtainable for remark.

He was arrested after the SLC’s chief government officer lodged a criticism to the police over monetary fraud, the police spokesman mentioned.

“The complaint says the SLC’s television rights have been going to Sony since 2013. At the last South African tour, this main suspect asked Sony to deposit 15 percent of the television rights fees to a private account in America.”

He mentioned the sum of money misappropriated on South African excursions was greater than $187,000.

“Sony became suspicious when this suspect informed it (of the requirement) for a deposit of 50 percent of television rights fees from an ongoing England tour and it informed Sri Lanka cricket.”

Sony couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.

The arrest got here every week after former Sri Lanka captain and selector Sanath Jayasuriya was charged with two counts of breaching the ICC’s anti-corruption code.

An official at Sri Lanka Cricket mentioned it had given all its assist to the anti-corruption staff in its investigation.

Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup successful staff captain Arjuna Ranatunga mentioned he and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had sought India’s experience in coping with the investigation as a result of Indian police had a great report for probing match fixing and different corrupt practices bedevilling the game.

“We made this request because it is not only the players who are involved in this corruption. There is a group behind the players like bookies and betting agents. If we get the group, we can find out the root cause of this problem,” he advised reporters in Colombo after a 3 day go to to India.

Reporting by Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez; Editing by Richard Balmforth

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