Moves to bring Udayanga back stalls

By Tharindu Chaturanga 


Moves to bring back Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, to be questioned over allegations against him have stalled.

Sources at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) told The Morning that their attempts to bring Weeratunga to Sri Lanka from Dubai, where he was last detained, have been suspended.

Police spokesman SSP Ruwan Gunasekara confirmed to The Morning that the Police are not involved in any attempt at this moment to bring Weeratunga to Sri Lanka.

He said that the matter is now in the hands of the Foreign Ministry and Attorney General’s Department.

A diplomatic issue has so far prevented Sri Lanka from being able to extradite Weeratunga from Dubai.

In June, the Attorney General’s Department told the court that Weeratunga was detained in Dubai.

Weeratunga is wanted in Sri Lanka over the investigations being conducted on the MiG aircraft deal.

Lawyers representing Weeratunga had told the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court that Weeratunga wants to return to Sri Lanka to face the charges filed against him which led to an Interpol arrest warrant being issued.