A Chinese passenger using a forged passport and his two friends, another Chinese and an Egyptian who attempted to enter the county at the Bandaranaike International Airport and behaved in an unruly manner when the Immigration and Emigration officers detected the forgery and prevented their entry, had been detained to be deported, but released on the instructions of the State Minister of Urban Development and Housing Arundika Fernando.
Investigations revealed that the Chinese passenger bearing a forged passport and two others had arrived from Dubai on Thursday (18) and the former produced a passport issued by the Guinean government which, the officials found was forged.
The state minister who requested in writing to the Controller General of Immigration and Emigration to allow the Chinese passenger to enter the country, had pointed out that he was a foreign investor.
In his letter to Controller General Harsha Ilukpitiya, the State Minister stated that the purpose of the visit by the Chinese passenger was to invest funds towards a few housing projects in Sri Lanka which are under the purview of his ministry.
Immigration and Emigration officials said the two Chinese and the Egyptian were released on Saturday morning (20). They are surprised that foreign investors are allowed to enter the country even on forged passports. (T.K.G. Kapila)
Lion Sunday, 21 May 2023 05:29 PM
This is how the image of this country is being ruined in our country by ruling politicians, is this the way Ranil is going to develop this country. Can The government take action against this man ? Nothing will happen these incidents will take place as usual unless this system of governance is changed. This system change will not take place even SJB comes to power.
Johan Sunday, 21 May 2023 05:30 PM
Wow.. What a legal system..
ravin Sunday, 21 May 2023 05:39 PM
The man himself is a questionable character. Where is the Law of the country?
Travis Sunday, 21 May 2023 05:46 PM
Who the hell is minister to interfere with immigration work. This guy should be expelled from all duties. No wonder this country is in a sorry state...
Chryshan Sunday, 21 May 2023 05:55 PM
This minister should be removed by president. He is full of frauds. Keeping him in govt will ruin all the good done by them. Please throw this rotten guy away.
Silva Sunday, 21 May 2023 05:55 PM
If you pay to a minister of this kind you can come even without a passport
Jayampathi Sunday, 21 May 2023 06:04 PM
See the investors friendly business environment in Sri Lanka.
VJ Sunday, 21 May 2023 06:04 PM
This particular minister is not new to controversy. This time he has crossed the line. Compromising border controls. Where is this country heading?
Nadi Karunaratne Sunday, 21 May 2023 06:12 PM
That this man is a minister shows how bereft of talent and decency our politics are. Without leaders of integrity and ability we can never progress.
Ganesh Sunday, 21 May 2023 06:16 PM
Who in their right mind will want to enter SL on Forged Passport, unless they were planning to catch a boat to destination unknown. Minister should explain and gracefully resign.
Punchi Sunday, 21 May 2023 06:27 PM
This is our 2500 year old superior Buddhist civilisation. The rot has penetrated the fabric of our society and is everywhere. Travelling on a forged passport is a serious crime in China
Brown Man is superior in his thinking than the White Man. Sunday, 21 May 2023 07:02 PM
Law is the creation of the White Man, Justice and Common Sense is the creation of the Brown Man.
Tania P Monday, 22 May 2023 08:10 AM
Are you trying to say its okay for politicians to ignore the law if they think it is "sensible thing to do"? Wow !
Sri Lankan Sunday, 21 May 2023 07:06 PM
This is ridiculous and shocking. The minister must be investigated.
Mokan Sunday, 21 May 2023 07:17 PM
Some thing fishy
Vivil rodrigo Sunday, 21 May 2023 07:21 PM
What a mockery disgusting
Uncle Paradise Sunday, 21 May 2023 07:35 PM
Seems we are ok to overlook anything for money, but why would an an investor travel on forged documents? Birds of a feather....
D.G.H de Silva Sunday, 21 May 2023 07:39 PM
What's the use of a law if these so called lawmakers act like this? Where is the governance promised to IMF by RW? Hey Mr. President please get up! Where is the JVP or SJB? Shame on all!
Siva Ponniah Sunday, 21 May 2023 07:55 PM
Jokers paradise Sri Lanka How can a Minister intervene in the work of Immigration officials doing the right job President Ha, Ha, Ha Money is playing around
Channa Sunday, 21 May 2023 08:05 PM
Sime politicians are above the law.
Citizen Silva Sunday, 21 May 2023 08:31 PM
What is the President doing.
Roger Halliday Monday, 22 May 2023 04:18 AM
He is simply using his freedom and his rights as a sri lankan citizen. Let's wait hopefully what the president will do. This is a case like the Diana's. I can have forged birth documents I can be a citizen of the UK and still be in parliament. We are all jokers
Lumbini Monday, 22 May 2023 04:52 AM
This country has become a jokers paradise. Thank you Ranil. You are doing well.
Ranjan Monday, 22 May 2023 04:54 AM
This is terrible. The rule of law should be applicable to each and everyone the same way. The problem is there is no rule of law in Sri Lanka. These are common occurrences in Sri Lanka
Malfeasance yet again showing to GoSL money greater value than law Monday, 22 May 2023 06:08 AM
Government is hopeless, and all must realise from this that if there is money coming in, does not matter what illegalities are done. Then this shows the wider malfeasance in public officials, where any excuse to put of democratic elections is made like for LG polls. Ranil and the SLPP will be routed when elections are next held, unless the public have a collective brain fart and forget the inequities they have thus suffered.
Lakminiha Monday, 22 May 2023 06:45 AM
In the past, those who enter the country illegally by sea are called "Kalla Thoni". However those acts have been without the knowledge of the authorities. What shall we call them, when friends of ministers travel into the country by air and through an international airport but without a legal travel document? What is the punishment for forgery and for those who assist? Isn't this a clear violation of the oath taken by the minister swearing his allegiance to protect the territorial integrity of our Country.
Felix de mel Monday, 22 May 2023 08:27 AM
First of all how did the passenger travel out of china or from any country on a forged passport. I am sure the immigration offices made a serious mistake and they will be suspended.
Upul Monday, 22 May 2023 08:29 AM
How come a letter from a minister has powers to change a law? I’d very unfortunate that the officials didn’t have enough backbone to stand against the minister’s demand.
Thomas Dharmachandra Monday, 22 May 2023 09:23 AM
Why did the controller Immigration, heed to the request of this Minister, he should take instructions from the Ministry of Defense or the President
Gamini Monday, 22 May 2023 09:29 AM
Why is an investor coming on a forged passport
Jeewanthika Palankade Monday, 22 May 2023 10:08 AM
No Law - no order - no proper appointments. He may have received millions of dollars! Sack this man immediately if RW has back bones!
lester Monday, 22 May 2023 04:56 PM
I am sure Ranil would do the same if it was white man from UK
Suruppa Daya Tuesday, 23 May 2023 05:44 AM
Better to issue a "Dual Citizeship" Wonder of Asia. The only country in the world a Minister unrelated to the subject or legality could give a letter to "an invester" with a forged passport to be released to come in and "invest".
Asoka Tuesday, 23 May 2023 12:20 PM
Ranil have some discipline if you want to run a fair government but we can see fraudulent activities by ministers and state ministers .This guy has close connections with rogues from China , obviously involved in fraudulent activities in the guise of investment .This character has a bad record .So Ranil get rid of him
Asoka Wednesday, 24 May 2023 08:01 AM
What action against Minister for taking rash decisions like this allowing unwanted guys to get into the country for fraudulent activities, His earlier action shows what a shady character he is
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