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Lankan arrested in Milan was a former diplomat: MFA

18 September 2018 06:24 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A Sri Lankan, who was a former diplomat on contract from 2012-2015, has been arrested in Milan but he has no valid Diplomatic Passport in his possession any more, as claimed by reports, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Tuesday.

In a statement, it said the Ministry has received media reports from Italy that a Sri Lankan with a Diplomatic Passport has been arrested at Malpensa Airport in Milan for allegedly trying to smuggle four youths into Italy.

“The Ministry initiated immediate inquiries to ascertain the veracity of this information. Accordingly, the Officials of the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Milan have met the person arrested and have established his identity. It has been confirmed that the arrested person is not at present employed at any Sri Lanka Mission abroad or at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The person concerned does not hold a valid Diplomatic Passport and has travelled to Italy on an Official Passport issued to him on the basis of his employment in a government agency in Sri Lanka. It has also been established that this person had held a diplomatic assignment abroad on contract from 2012-2015 and was in possession of a Diplomatic Passport that had been cancelled, upon completion of his contract,” the statement said.

  Comments - 7

  • Ceylon Tuesday, 18 September 2018 06:48 PM

    2012 to 2015.he is a ex trying ways to get some dollers as before.

    vithura Tuesday, 18 September 2018 08:14 PM

    Diplomats 'on contract' must have been the norm during pre 2015 era.

    Summa Tuesday, 18 September 2018 08:43 PM

    Isn't there a procedure to surrender one's diplomatic PP once the person is not in service? If not surrendered, aren't there ways to stop him thru immigration on a non diplo PP ? Isn't it not correct to call their department diplo-MUTTS ??

    FAT Mutt Wednesday, 19 September 2018 01:07 PM

    Aiyyo what men, when some Mutts are holding more than one DPL PP's, what for surrender and beside put a few crispy notes of USD in-between to the custom officer and you are on-board! Ape Rata, Hora Kana Rata

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 19 September 2018 08:40 AM

    Ali Baba's thieves still playing monkey tricks.

    Kumara Dharmarathne Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:10 AM

    We urge Ministry of foreign affairs (Minister Marapana and Deputy Wasantha Senanayaka) to get this rogue down to Sri Lanka immediately and take legal actions, so that at least we know there is a Ministry of foreign affairs in Sri Lanka.

    Daniel Wednesday, 19 September 2018 11:30 AM

    DM please reveal his name.

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