Government writes to diplomatic missions

The government today wrote to the diplomatic missions and UN agencies based in Colombo rejecting any involvement in the alleged abduction of two political activists.

A statement by the External Affairs Ministry said that following the alleged abduction of political activist Premkumar Gunaratnam and Dimuthu Atygalle there was an attempt to point fingers at the government.

The diplomatic missions and UN agencies were told by the External Affairs Ministry in the statement that it has now become a recurring pattern to blame the government for any alleged abduction.

Premkumar Gunaratnam and Dimuthu Atygalle were both reported missing over the weekend and were believed to have been abducted.

Gunaratnam, who holds an Australian passport, re-appeared last night and after his statement was recorded by the police he was deported to Australia today.

Attygalle meanwhile also re-appeared on this afternoon and was to later brief the media on her alleged abduction.

The family members of Gunaratnam who are in Australia had blamed the Sri Lankan government for the abduction.

However the External Affairs Ministry said that allegations of volatile nature should be based on facts properly ascertained and objectively assessed.

The Ministry said that investigations had found that Gunaratnam had changed his name three times and overstayed his visa by more than five months.

The External Affairs Ministry also said that there were several discrepancies on the statements made by Gunaratnam and Attygalle regarding their abduction.

The government also questioned the decision by family members of both political activists to lodge police complaints several hours after they were allegedly abducted and not sooner.  (Colombo Gazette)


Letter sent to diplomatic missions: Media Release 10-04-2012



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