Don’t take alleged attack on Nonis seriously: Keheliya

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Cabinet spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the unfortunate incident where an Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in London was allegedly attacked took place at a private party and at a private residence and therefore it is not something to be taken seriously.  

“If this incident happened at an official function, it will be a matter of concern for the people, the Government and the media. There is no need to be agitated as it was a private matter that took place at a private residence,” he said.

Referring to the alleged assault in New York on Dr. Chris Nonis by External Affairs Ministry Monitoring MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardana, the minister said Dr. Nonis was an uninvited guest at the party.  

He requested the media not to internationalise the alleged assault on September 24 at the residence of SriLankan Airline Country Manager Dilan Ariyawansa.
He told the weekly cabinet news briefing yesterday that there was no attack on anybody but only a heated argument.

“It was a private party and Dr. Nonis had not been invited by Mr. Ariyawansa. But he was warmly welcomed when he went to the party. The argument between Sajin and Dr. Nonis had started duringthe heat of the moment when the guests were high on liquor. There was no attack on any one,” the minister said.

He said the External Affairs Ministry Secretary in her statement had also said there was no attack on Dr. Nonis as alleged and the ongoing investigation being carried out on the orders of President Mahinda Rajapaksa would unearth what actually happened at this private party.

The minister lamented that a section of the media was attempting to internationalise the incident and added that the Government had still not decided on the appointment of a new High Commissioner to London.(Sandun A Jayasekera)
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  • Sha Saturday, 11 October 2014 11:48 AM

    Said the man who jumped the balcony and said oops it was an accident! !

    Jayam Saturday, 11 October 2014 12:00 PM

    If it is a "private" fight why did Nonis resign?

    Rodney Saturday, 11 October 2014 05:31 PM

    Has he fallen off the balcony while sleepwalking and now talking in his sleep. via DM iPad app

    Keerthi Saturday, 11 October 2014 10:00 PM

    Since your story about your son, we always expect unrelated stories from you sir. god help SL

    lalith Monday, 13 October 2014 10:03 AM

    Yes, you are right. Nonis was not killed.

    Sylvia Haik Monday, 13 October 2014 02:34 PM

    Give him credit for keeping a straight face whilst spouting this nonsense.

    Neil Wijeratne Saturday, 11 October 2014 11:27 PM

    So much for Sri lankan diplomacy.And what is worse this Minister thinks that people who can read and write are idiots.We know this political diplomacy of how to swallow a pill wthout the knowledge of the throat.And we also know. why this guy is the official spokesman for the Govetnment.

    rosebud Sunday, 12 October 2014 05:20 AM

    Why do you refer the incident as alleged when it really happened and there are eyewitnesses Liar via DM Android App

    Punny Pellow Sunday, 12 October 2014 12:33 AM

    [quote name="shan"]Why you got so many days to say this? Is it because the cooking up of the story needed time?[/quote]
    Of course not. He was fast asleep, dreaming of WHAT TO SAY !!!

    Kanishka Saturday, 11 October 2014 01:15 PM

    Also your son getting drunk and trying to open a plane door in midair is not a big deal either. what else can you expect from a shameful person like this via DM Android App

    Gona Sunday, 12 October 2014 01:28 AM

    Man got brain damage after the gall from the balcony ...

    shan Saturday, 11 October 2014 04:13 AM

    Why you got so many days to say this? Is it because the cooking up of the story needed time?

    Pandora Sunday, 12 October 2014 01:31 AM

    May be for this government, nothing is serious. Guy resigned and it shows how serious the matter is.

    Good riddance for the people who keep voting for this pathetic government.

    shan Saturday, 11 October 2014 04:18 AM

    Is the Sri Lankan way to welcome uninvited guests by slapping? What has happened to that Traditional Beatle leaves?

    kj Sunday, 12 October 2014 02:15 AM

    for sure.. we will not.. as we expect more to come given the election is around the corner...!!

    Cobra Sunday, 12 October 2014 01:17 PM

    YEAH, NO ONE TAKES YOU SERIOUSLY!!!

    sg Sunday, 12 October 2014 02:27 AM

    More Kakillee theendu to be expected in furure as well.

    Denis Bate Sunday, 12 October 2014 02:36 AM

    So in private, Government 'goons' can act like hooligans and then have their actions officially defended. What a sad reflection on Sri Lanka.

    dushal Saturday, 11 October 2014 02:00 PM

    what beautiful story aftet several daysbetter to say dr.nonis hit by himself. feel shame about hw the goverment treats to educatedvaluable peopole & to rascals like sajin vaas. via DM Android App

    dulan Sunday, 12 October 2014 03:10 AM

    Who paid for the dinner? Answer Srilankan Airlines .So much for private party

    Sampath Sunday, 12 October 2014 03:40 AM

    We are very upset regarding this attack. As well as we are waiting for the prisident comment

    Francis Saturday, 11 October 2014 04:57 AM

    What else can we expect from this guy

    Ahmed Saturday, 11 October 2014 05:01 AM

    I think Nonis would have slapped himself! Usually that's how these investigations end..

    Bambara Saturday, 11 October 2014 05:07 AM

    When decent and civilised people meet, they do not fight or get into brawls. So we know as to which category you belong.

    MI Sunday, 12 October 2014 06:08 AM

    No No..Dr.Nonis must have hit himself...

    Sifa Saturday, 11 October 2014 02:39 PM

    His statement shows the level of Sri Lankas politics has gone to via DM Android App

    Sri Wickrema Sunday, 12 October 2014 06:12 AM

    There a saying in Sinhala 'Horage ammagen pena ahanawa wage'

    mack Saturday, 11 October 2014 10:39 AM

    boys will be boys....

    Suren Sarathkumara Saturday, 11 October 2014 05:12 AM

    If the incident was not serious and private why the president ordered an inquiry?

    Chandra Saturday, 11 October 2014 02:50 PM

    They should all get together and slap each other via DM iPad app

    Bambara Saturday, 11 October 2014 05:14 AM

    "Mathatha Tita" , Ha!

    raj Sunday, 12 October 2014 06:42 AM

    [quote name="Kanishka"]Also your son getting drunk and trying to open a plane door in midair is not a big deal either. what else can you expect from a shameful person like this via DM Android App[/quote]

    Including jumping from a balcony to another in a hotel.

    Suq Madique Sunday, 12 October 2014 06:43 AM

    Everyone who was present at the party is now denying being there...soon they will say the party never took place and the incident never happened

    jazzy Sunday, 12 October 2014 06:47 AM

    This spokesman should be thrown into the dustbin like they do in some other countries!! His comments are good for the Modayas to digest!!

    ding dong Saturday, 11 October 2014 03:31 PM

    said the man whose son was sleepwalking in an aircraft... mathata nevei hithata thitha via DM Android App

    Azee Saturday, 11 October 2014 04:47 PM

    Is this comment coming from another thug via DM Android App

    the last Dinosaur Saturday, 11 October 2014 11:34 AM

    just now I realised that there is some thing called private crime which will not be punished under any laws. long live our mother land.. via DM Android App

    nad Saturday, 11 October 2014 04:58 PM

    Amazing how people sell their self respect

    Loku Holmana Saturday, 11 October 2014 11:48 AM

    I know Dr. Nonis. He's a very straightforward, well mannered, decent, talented, educated person coming from a respectable/ decent family. He is a real patriot who defended his motherland during the troubled times. But all the other uneducated, Gode people are trying to eat him alive!!! Heartbroken. God bless Sri Lanka......


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