Police raid Lankan cricket board

Police raided Lanka's cricket headquarters as part of a probe into allegations that a top cricket official altered a passport for an alleged gangster.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
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Colombo:Police have raided Sri Lanka's cricket headquarters as part of an investigation into allegations that the country's top cricket official altered a passport for an alleged gangster. Sri Lanka Cricket president Thilanga Sumathipala is accused of violating immigration rules to send Dammika Amarasinghe, who is wanted by police, to watch the 1999 Cricket World Cup in England. Sumathipala is also accused of releasing 1,500 British pounds (US$ 2,688) from the cricket board's accounts for Amarasinghe's travel to England. "We conducted a raid in connection with some alleged illegal transactions of the cricket board," said Nimal Kulatunga the Criminal Investigations Department officer who lead Friday's raid. Amarasinghe faces trial over several killings and attempted murders, including the attempted assassination of a newspaper editor in 1998. Sumathipala denies any involvement with the alleged gang leader. Yesterday's raid came in response to a court order to seize documents pertaining to Sri Lanka Cricket accounts at the time of the World Cup. "We have gathered important documents and are following it up," Kulatunga added. Sumathipala was sacked by the Sri Lankan Sports Minister in March 2000 over alleged irregularities in awarding contracts to build a new cricket stadium. He was re-elected to his third term as president in June 2003. (AP)

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