In a strange turn of events, Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga, whose name has been implicated in an arms deal controversy, has visited the Sri Lankan Embassy in Tehran with a request to certify a power-of-attorney copy in order to get some of his heavy baggage in the Colombo port to be cleared.
His visit to the Tehran embassy was confirmed by the new Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mahishini Colonne today during a weekly press briefing held at the Ministry premises.
“Former Ambassador Weeratunga had visited the Sri Lankan Embassy in Tehran, Iran on May 5 with a request for his copy of power-of-attorney to be certified and had provided an email address to the embassy officials to continue further communications on the matter,” she said.
However, his request had been declined on the condition that he returns his diplomatic passport to which he had replied via email on May 9, stating that he would not return the diplomatic passport.
Colonne stated despite his objection to return the passport, the Sri Lankan Immigration Department has already taken measures to cancel it with immediate effect and added that all the relevant Sri Lankan Missions have also been notified of the cancellation.
She stated they were awaiting an update from the Ukrainian government concerning the progress of the ongoing investigation against Weeratunga regarding his alleged supply of arms to 19 Ukrainian rebels, while he was serving as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Russia.
Furthermore, Colonne noted that Weeratunga’s passport could not be impounded, since the allegations against him have not been proven and therefore no basis existed upon which it could be implemented.
She however added that officials in Sri Lanka ‘want Mr. Weeratunga to return to Sri Lanka’ as he is implicated with several other ongoing investigations domestically as well, including the MiG-27 deal that is being probed by the Financial Fraud Investigation Department. (Lakna Paranamanna)
Comments - 10
Push Thursday, 04 June 2015 05:59 AM
He should be brought down to Sri Lanka with the assistance of Interpol.
Manel Wednesday, 03 June 2015 05:33 PM
Not returning the diplomatic passport when he is no more a diplomat is another act of thuggary like the ones done by MARA.
Patel Sunday, 12 July 2015 01:14 PM
if you serious about locating Udayanga, why not ask his best buddie N M G Lal Kumara.
ibnuaboo Thursday, 04 June 2015 12:53 PM
He took the lead in the curreption race than others of MR family members and his regime politicians
upali Thursday, 04 June 2015 01:02 PM
Devil is not that much black as said.
Oliver Cooray Wednesday, 03 June 2015 09:39 PM
Very undiplomatic, It is shame for Sri Lanka.
Premalal Wednesday, 03 June 2015 09:48 PM
Rajapaksa clan at their usual behaviour.
t-logi Thursday, 04 June 2015 02:57 PM
Look at the type of officials MARA appointed. Criminals! Supplying arms illegally and refusing to hand over the diplomatic passport. Bunch of criminals on the previous regime! Hope people never allow them to get back to power.
moda Thursday, 04 June 2015 11:43 AM
The admin/government sector almost 80% controlled by MR
OMG Thursday, 04 June 2015 11:52 AM
Enough is enough. MARA and his gang of thieves should be arrested immediately. Each minute they spend on the loose they keep erasing evidences of their billion dollar thefts.
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