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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2395

Udayanga Weeratunga & his wife issued with ordinary passports

Colombo, 09 September, (Asiantribune.com):

The former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, who is accused for various crimes including a murder has been issued with an ordinary passport.

Cultural Affairs, Internal Affairs and Wayamba Development Minister S. B. Navinna told Parliament yesterday that diplomatic passports issued to former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga and his wife had been cancelled and they were issued with normal passports.

Minister Navinna said so while responding to a question raised by JVP Kalutara District MP Dr Nalinda Jayatissa.

Weeratunga is a first cousin of Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is the former President of Sri Lanka and he presented his Letter of Credence to then-President of Russia Vladimir Putin on 16 November 2006.

The JVP MP Dr Nalinda Jayatissa said that former ambassador Weeratunga was the owner of a small Sri Lankan restaurant in Kiev, the Ukraine Capital before he became the Sri Lankan Ambassador in Russia. He is a person who is accused for a MiG deal and also for murdering a officer worked at the Russian embassy.
He is also accused by the Ukrainian government for supplying arms to the separatist rebels in Ukraine.
The MP demanded to know on whose instructions such a person with charges against his name had been issued with a new passport.

The Minister S. B. Navinna said that the External Affairs Ministry has made a recommendation to the Controller General of Immigration and Emigration to issue ordinary passports for them.

He also said that the diplomatic passport which had been issued to Udayanga Weeratuga and his wife had been cancelled since March 06, 2015 and ordinary passports issued to them on March 06, 2015. But Udayanga Weeratunga didn’t come to Sri Lanka to get these passports and his wife collected the passports on March 09, 2016.

“The Controller General of Immigration and Emigration has the authority to cancel the diplomatic passports. So the Government did it. The government has also communicated all the information to the Interpol,” he said.

- Asian Tribune -

 Udayanga Weeratunga seen with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa
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