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Sri Lanka to bring back Weeratunga from Dubai

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s police will travel to escort back home the fugitive former diplomat, Udayanga Weeratunga, to face charges of corruption in the purchase of MiG aircraft, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said.

Weeratunga was reportedly stopped at the Dubai international airport when he tried to leave for the United States. Police want to bring him back to Sri Lanka to face criminal charges over the 2006 MiG purchase deal.

"Our diplomatic mission and the Foreign ministry are currently working with the Dubai authorities in this regard," the Minister said, addressing a public meeting in Mawarala, in the Matara district.

He said Weeratunga was trying to leave Dubai using a diplomatic passport which the Sri Lankan authorities had withdrawn.

"His diplomatic passport was cancelled by the government as he was no longer in a position to use it. But we got to know that he was still using the invalid diplomatic passport," Ratnayaka said.

"The Police alerted several countries to arrest Weeratunga. As a result, the former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Moscow was arrested in Dubai on Sunday," he said. (COLOMBO, February 5, 2018)

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