Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Friday, October 23, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 25° Partly Cloudy
News >  Nation/World

Honored Female Isn’t One After All

Compiled From Wire Services

A business leader once named Sri Lanka’s top female entrepreneur of the year is under investigation for impersonation, after police learned she was a man operating under a female alias.

Police arrested the man this month after he was betrayed by a relative who had been blackmailing him for years, said his lawyer, Panduka Keerthinanda.

The lawyer said his client was born male, but a hormonal condition meant he developed as a female.

“She looks like a woman. She talks like a woman,” he said.

The lawyer admits that Sattambige Sriyaratne failed to follow all the legal requirements in changing his name to that of a woman.

As such, she was named Sri Lanka’s female entrepreneur of 1995.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.


New health insurance plans available November 1 through Washington Healthplanfinder

 (Photo courtesy WAHBE)
Sponsored

Fall means the onset of the cold and flu season.