Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake says that a team of police officers will travel to Dubai to escort arrested former diplomat Udayanga Weeratunga back to Sri Lanka.
“Our diplomatic mission and the Foreign Ministry are currently working with Dubai authorities in this regard,” he has said while addressing a public meeting in Mawarala in Matara.
Ratnayake has explained that when arrested, Weeratunga – wanted in connection with the MIG investigation – had been travelling with an invalid diplomatic passport.
“His diplomatic passport was cancelled by the government as he was no longer in a position to use one. But we got to know that he was still using the invalid diplomatic passport,” Ratnayaka has said.
“The Police alerted several countries to arrest Weeratunga. As a result, the former Sri Lankan ambassador was arrested in Dubai on Sunday,” the Minister has further noted.
Weeratunga, a nephew of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was wanted over an alleged financial misappropriation to the tune of US$ 14 million while purchasing four Ukraine-built MIG-27 aircraft for the Sri Lanka Air Force in 2005.
In October 2016, the Colombo Fort Magistrate ordered the police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) to issue an international warrant to arrest Weeratunga over the same investigation.