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The officers of the Malpensa Airport Border Police Bureau, Milan, Italy arrested a Sri Lankan diplomat who attempted to bring four youths into Italy by aiding illegal migration last weekend, Italy's Varese7press reported.

The male, a fifty-year-old diplomat who arrived from Doha together with his wife and four others -- two girls and two boys of around twenty years, presented himself as a diplomat to the Immigration officials to be able to access the station dedicated to the verification of documents of Community passengers, at that time free.

Having obtained the authorization from the immigration officer, the diplomat approached handing over the passports of the entire group; after showing his diplomatic passport, which had a Schengen visa issued by the French diplomatic authority, he showed the passport of his wife, who also holds a diplomatic passport in possession of a similar Schengen visa. Continuing with the verification of documents, the attention of the State Police operator was attracted by the doubtful authenticity of the passports of the four youths , with similar Schengen visas.

The diplomat to reassure the border officer , said to go to France for tourism, presenting the two girls as their daughters and the two boys as nephews, stating that they would continue the journey by train. As proof of his version, the diplomatic agent showed the air tickets where it appeared that the group would leave the Paris airport on 12 September.

Not at all influenced by the role of the diplomat, the supervisor invited the entire group to follow him to the immigration office , where the two girls expressing themselves in English confirmed the version of the diplomat claiming to be his daughters.

From a deep investigation carried out by personnel expert in false documents, it was observed that all four ordinary passports of the youths were falsified through the reconstruction of the biographical page, made using raw materials and sophisticated printing techniques.

In the hand baggage of the investigated diplomat, the authentic passports of the four young Sinhalese used at Colombo airport to leave Sri Lanka were found hidden in the cover.

The four young people have admitted that they have no kinship with the diplomat who, on the contrary, at the request of their parents, had pledged, behind the consideration of 4,000 euros each, to accompany them in France where other relatives lived. The boys also stated that they had received instructions from their agents to behave like a normal family and that any request from the border officers would have to confirm that they were daughters and grandchildren respectively. During the checks it was revealed that the falsified passports are those of the real sons of the diplomat.

According to the Assistant Police Chief of the Republic of Busto Arsizio Dr. Massimo De Pillippo after having ascertained through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the diplomatic agent is not accredited to the State of Italy, the Sri Lankan official was arrested for the crime of facilitating illegal immigration and produced him to the judicial authority.

The wife with the four young men were all pushed back to the border and boarded into a direct flight to Sri Lanka.

  Comments - 37

  • Ravi Saturday, 15 September 2018 04:55 AM

    What a shame!This is the level Sri Lanka has fallen down to!

    WE ARE SELECTIVE IN OUR ARRESTS Saturday, 15 September 2018 11:49 AM

    Shame or not - it is only in foreign countries DIPLO-MUTS , CHEEP OF STAFFs . DEFENSIVE SECRET-TORIES, and others of similar breed are arrested - not in our wonder of asia (pardon me for the spelling mistakes).

    Ed Monday, 17 September 2018 05:05 AM

    Arrest them in Italy first. Then rip their diplomatic immunity.Then bring them back to Colombo and Arrest them for@least minimum of 4 years while under arrest freeze all bank accounts freeze all assets. And charge them for corruption and international crimknal charges for racketeering and take all passports back and prevent them leaving the country.

    Prem Saturday, 15 September 2018 05:15 AM

    Shame, just for 16,000 euros ashamed whole Srilankan diplomacy. Please name and shame the culprit.

    IS IT A POLITICO IN DIPLOMAT CLOTHING ? Saturday, 15 September 2018 03:03 PM

    May be a politico variety diplomat - with montessori i qualifications

    City Saturday, 15 September 2018 06:23 AM

    Please publish the names, you can avoid such incidents in the gives a negative impact on our diplomats.

    Pambaya Saturday, 15 September 2018 10:20 PM

    You mean to say: Dip-low-mut! Miharaka..., greediness doesn't have shame!!!

    jayt Saturday, 15 September 2018 06:27 AM

    according to new, they are Singhalese. So, it is done cause they are Singhalese. Europe welcome Tamil and Indian because they Tamil worked for European colonies and Indian worked For Israel.Tamil Tigers have given authority to smuggle Tamil into Europe and Canada plus offered funds and military training attack on Sinhalese majority

    Mary Saturday, 15 September 2018 10:56 AM

    Are you one of those four? Tell us what happened

    Rohan Saturday, 15 September 2018 11:35 AM

    So Sinhala people are also economic refugees like Tamils. Approved by those holding diplomatic passports!

    Jaliya Saturday, 15 September 2018 02:04 PM

    Jayt, Did you just wake up from a coma ? … this is September 2018 not 2008 all that you have mentioned in your remarks are the hallucinations of being in the hot sun. Fear of ricing petrol prices ... get away from inhaling the exhaust of the car …. Stay away from the direct sun light and stop eating processed meats.

    Ralahamy Saturday, 15 September 2018 06:50 AM

    We may have a welcome party, including ministers and politicos with garland and Kasa Bera for these heroes who bring glory to the nation.

    afhamfrk Saturday, 15 September 2018 03:52 PM

    Ralahamy You made my day!

    Dhammika Monday, 17 September 2018 11:02 AM

    RALAHAMY - NOT glory its GORY .

    Kumara Dharmarathne Saturday, 15 September 2018 06:59 AM

    Who is this Diplomat arrived from Doha,was it the Diplomat of Qatar?

    Mahila Saturday, 15 September 2018 03:31 PM

    Yes. Doha is the capital of Qatar

    hotrod Saturday, 15 September 2018 07:11 AM

    disgrace to srilanka. our reputation is already in tatters and now this. why do we even have government officials like them? shame

    Tom jones Saturday, 15 September 2018 07:43 AM

    Name the diplomat. Why is the daily mirror concealing the name of the diplomat and the two males, two females and the wife of the diplomat..YahapalanayA govt is responsible for this shameful act.

    NAMING - depends on ethnicity Saturday, 15 September 2018 03:12 PM

    May be NOT a member of the minority community - hence suppressing the name , IF NOT the media would have gone to town. !

    Dee Saturday, 15 September 2018 07:56 AM

    Reveal the name of this ' Diplomat' . Else don't publish such news.

    Tamil Saturday, 15 September 2018 08:36 AM

    I have read in the recent past so many racist comments in the DM,by Sinhalese readers, that the Tamils are going as illegal immigrants to Western countries and thus bringing bad name to Sri Lanka. Hello, all four youngsters here are Sinhalese as stated in this report and most probably even the Diplomat and his wife belong to Sinhalese community.Do you all feel the outrage at this couple who have brought shame to all Sri Lankan diplomats working overseas.

    Samson Saturday, 15 September 2018 08:47 AM

    The so called political diplomats ruin the little image our country has. Diplomat should be stripped of a position, if he holds any, and sent to the proper place they belong. This is no better than smuggling drugs. Whoever recommended this person for a diplomatic position should also be dealt with in a fitting manner.

    Dhammika Saturday, 15 September 2018 11:17 AM

    Seems to be a POLITICAL diploMUT than a diploMAT .

    Coconut Republic Saturday, 15 September 2018 04:36 PM

    He should be used as a floorMat

    Gamini Saturday, 15 September 2018 11:22 AM

    Why not name and shame the perpetrator?

    Tinkiriya Saturday, 15 September 2018 09:02 PM

    Well said Gamini! This diplomat or deplorable mut could not have got this post without a politician backing him or top officials; influence. So why do some investigative journalism to shame him and those behind the perpetrator? Truly miss those fearless journalists like Lasantha!

    TONY Saturday, 15 September 2018 11:44 AM


    Jaliya Saturday, 15 September 2018 01:52 PM

    WHO CAN LEAD US BACK TO HONEST PEOPLE ........ Not anyone from around your neighborhood or within the country and ....that is for sure !! But the good news is the immigration department is now determined to print a hidden logo in the diplomatic passports to immediately distinguish the reality. They have considered a hidden picture of a black crow sitting happy on top of a garbage can. Embedded secretly in to the DIP PP. Once arrive at the destination the foreign immigration officer would place the DIP PP under a special ultra light that would glow the happy black crow on the garbage can immediately identifying the local politician as a smuggler.

    Asoka Saturday, 15 September 2018 02:02 PM

    The thing is, most of Sri Lankan diplomats doesn't have basic qualification to become a diplomat. If you are in the same village of the president (who ever) that's enough.

    afhamfrk Saturday, 15 September 2018 03:55 PM

    Plaese please Italy lock him up forever

    vithura Saturday, 15 September 2018 04:09 PM

    Appointments of non-diplomats for diplomatic positions was the norm during MR era which brought in all corrupt and unethical practices around most SL missions abroad. We should get back to appointing ONLY those who have proper credentials for such postings.

    RE Saturday, 15 September 2018 05:33 PM

    See,how the Sinhalese who have commented have suddenly avoided using the race card. Had the four youngsters been the Tamils,they would have highlighted the race immediately.

    raza Monday, 17 September 2018 08:19 AM

    Definitely. If they were Tamils the news topic, LTTE supporter in Foreign Ministry smuggles ex LTTE cadres into Europe.'

    Ceylon Saturday, 15 September 2018 09:15 PM

    Srilanka dont have diplomats.90% are political henchmen.even.foriegn minister also not diolomat,he also political henchman.

    Ruwan Sunday, 16 September 2018 10:10 AM

    How many politicians would have done this. ? To Japan to US and European destinations.

    Raza Monday, 17 September 2018 08:15 AM

    Definitely I believe that this diplomat is not a career diplomat. He must be a political appointee for bootlicking some politicians. Who knows his next appointment may be as the Ambassador to Italy or Rome.

    Sam Mal Tuesday, 18 September 2018 07:30 PM

    Lol, I know this guy. He works in the SLBFE. His name is Jameel. Useless character. No education whatsoever, he is from Batticaloa.

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