Nonis should have complained to NYPD: Kiriella

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United National Party (UNP) MP Lakshman Kiriella, who commented on the assault on Dr. Chris Nonis, the former Sri Lankan High Commissioner in London, said a complaint should have been lodged with New York Police Department instead of waiting for redress from the Sri Lankan authorities.


Mr. Kiriella made these remarks during the committee stage of the budget debate on the vote of the External Affairs Ministry.


Dr. Nonis was assaulted at the New York residence of a SriLankan Airlines Director based in the United States.


Mr. Kiriella said in the past when he was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, competence in foreign languages such as English and French was sought from those seeking to enter the Foreign Service but today self defence skills were a key requirement for anyone joining this service.


"Today, our ambassadors and high commissioners are getting hammered. Therefore, they should know self defence such as Judo or Karate," he said. “Dr.Nonis should have made a complaint to the New York police. Then, the assailant would have been arrested."


Monitoring MP of the External Affairs Ministry Sajin de Vaas Gunawardane, who was involved in this brawl, said he was not ready to give a detailed reply to Mr. Kiriella in this regard.


"I have clarified everything in the media. I am asking you to read these newspaper reports," he said. (KB and YP)

 

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  • CHABDRASOMA Saturday, 15 November 2014 10:07 AM

    WHY U NEED POLICE AND LAW.? EVERYBODY KNOW THE CULPRIT, SEND A WHITE VAN TO ARREST.

    vipula Saturday, 15 November 2014 10:34 AM

    Mr. Kiriella, Incident did not happened in NY, It was in State of New Jersey and township of Edison complain should to Edison police department UNP Karayotth Modayo SLAP Karayotth Modayo Api okkoma Munta Chande dand Modayo

    duminda Saturday, 15 November 2014 11:40 AM

    I don't know this politicians have bit of brain to think what they talk. to get attention and power talk any nonsense. Not even think how embarrassed if this get to know by foreign reporters or do any investigation by foreign country about our country problems.

    Rabok Saturday, 15 November 2014 12:01 PM

    Dr Nonis was right in not complaining to NYPD - why should we wash our dirty cloth in public - but the problem is the hooligan who perform this vulgar act still sitting in the Parliament - This idiot thinks - people in this country belives his bulshit clarification given to the news paper - it is more saddening to see there were nobody with a backbone in the gathering in that party to open their mouth and say - what they saw at the meeting - MR please appoint people who love their country and its image to our embassies - people who love their ego and stomach had already ruined our international image beyond repair

    upalijay Friday, 14 November 2014 10:46 PM

    What Dr Nonis did was right . He put the country first.Not himself. Politicians put themselves first before country.

    Wimal Friday, 14 November 2014 11:13 PM

    Any bovine can give advice.

    TONY Saturday, 15 November 2014 01:03 PM

    FORGET THIS. NOTHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN. WHAT IS THE RESULTS OF THE PRESIDENTS ORDER TO HOLD INQUIRY

    Raja Saturday, 15 November 2014 04:23 AM

    It is regrettable to hear that Mr Kiriella gets great pleasure in disgracing his mother country in the international arena. Previously Mr Kiriella had been trying to discredit and ridicule our armed forces when they were fighting a life and death battle to rescue the nation from LTTE terrorists. Do we need such people to govern Sri Lanka?

    george Saturday, 15 November 2014 02:59 PM

    It is not a case of washing dirty linen in public. Even if complained NYPD could not do a great deal due to these cronies having diplomatic immunity.

    Suq Madique Saturday, 15 November 2014 06:06 AM

    What would have happened had a complaint been made? The others would have sworn that Nonis fell off the chair or beat himself up. Even now those who were present deny being at the party.

    Vernon Saturday, 15 November 2014 06:12 AM

    He would not have gone to NYPD, to safeguard the name of SL, hoping the higher ups would do the needful. It certainly was a mistake, as SL higher ups are the ones habouring and using the thugs, and 3rd grade personnel in every sphere. By the way what is the need to have a Sri Lankan airlines director in US. The report says the NY residence of Director based in US. Are there residences in other part so US also?

    robin Saturday, 15 November 2014 06:46 AM

    Dr.Nonis must thank Mr.Kiriella for his kind advice

    Nalin Saturday, 15 November 2014 07:02 AM

    kiriella danna iti gediya. Nonis rata kewa, Gahala pannapu ekamai honda.

    ussguy Saturday, 15 November 2014 07:33 AM

    months ago I said the same thing. if mr.nonis had called 911 vaas will be still in jail.there is no excuse for felons in usa.even if you are the president. via DM Android App

    rufusrandeniya Saturday, 15 November 2014 07:37 AM

    If he rang 911, the cops from the NYPD would have been there promptly. Here in US, police service is almost instant. Anyone assaulting another will be arrested irrespective of rank.

    Ruwan Saturday, 15 November 2014 07:46 AM

    How can a elected member of parliament say "no comment" when questioned? If Mr Vaas Gunawardane had learned anything from his time in the US he should have realized that people require accountability from those they elect!

    Shan Saturday, 15 November 2014 07:48 AM

    It was not in New York but in New Jersey so NYPD would not have helped.

    Nihal Amarasekera Saturday, 15 November 2014 08:21 AM

    Mr. Nonis is NOT a Kiriella nor a politician to do so.

    MalithK Saturday, 15 November 2014 08:22 AM

    I fully agree. If he used his brains and complained to NYPD, they would have conducted a full investigation and kept that Vass thug in jail for few days.

    Shan Saturday, 15 November 2014 09:03 AM

    Goons and thugs represent this country. We have no decent and educated officials who make us feel proud.


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