Udayanga’s container stuck without passport: MFA

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By Lakna Paranamanna   
Despite former Ambassador Udayanga Weeratunga’s request to release the container carrying his personal effects, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) states that it cannot be released until he hands over his diplomatic passport to the ministry.

MFA Spokesperson Mahishini Colonne told Daily Mirror Online a short while ago that the container would not be released without Mr. Weeratunga’s diplomatic passport.

 “He hasn’t handed it over to the ministry despite repeated requests asking him to do so,” she said.
Ms. Colonne also pointed out that the ministry had clearly stated that even the request by Mr. Weeratunga to authorize his Power of Attorney certificate was rejected because of the absence of his diplomatic passport.


We asked the Overseas Affairs Division whether Mr. Weeratunga’s container was handed over to the FCID but we haven’t received a response yet


She said she was unaware whether the container had been handed over to the Financial Crimes Investigation Department (FCID).
“We asked the Overseas Affairs Division whether Mr. Weeratunga’s container was handed over to the FCID but we haven’t received a response yet. In case the container was handed over it would have been done after obtaining proper legal clearance because the FCID is carrying out an investigation into the allegations against Mr. Weeratunga regarding the controversial MiG deal,” Ms. Colonne said.

Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga in a statement which was published in the media today stated that a container with his personal effects had been handed over to the FCID by the ministry despite his numerous efforts to get it released. He has condemned the detention of his container and described it as the ‘victimization of a state official by the yahapalana government’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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