Unconfirmed reports that came out yesterday suggested that the diplomatic passport holder who attended the extravagant birthday bash thrown by wanted underworld drug kingpin Makandure Madush in Dubai, was a member of Kamburupitiya Pradeshiya Sabha.
Popular singer Amal Perera, his son Nandimal and actor Ryan Van Rooyen were amongst the 31 Sri Lankans arrested at a leading six-star hotel in Dubai. Reports showed that three officials were also present when the raid was conducted by the Dubai Police.
The officials at the party thrown by the drug lord included a diplomatic passport holder, a police constable and a prison guard who were joined by several wanted underworld criminals. When contacted, Commandant Police Special Task Force Senior DIG M. R. Latheef told the Daily Mirror though such information was reaching them, they were still to verify these facts.
DIG Latheef, who acknowledged the receipt of a letter commending the actions of the STF coming under him sent by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday, said that presently the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Ministry of Defence are in touch with officials in the UAE with regard to extraditing these criminals.
Meanwhile, further investigations into the multiple arrests in Dubai had revealed that Madush had spent over Rs.30 million for the party held in the 6-star hotel and had arrived at the event in an expensive limousine.
The vehicle was subsequently taken into custody by the officials. Reports on the tests that were done to check if any of the suspects were under the influence of narcotics at the party is expected to reach law enforcement authorities by tomorrow. (Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana)