Police arrest motorist, defend closing road when Chinese Minister arrived

A motorist has been arrested over allegations he obstructed the duties of the Police when Chinese Defence Minister, General Wei Fenghe arrived in Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

Police Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ajith Rohana said that the incident had occurred in Borella.

The Police Spokesman said that the suspect had instigated other motorists when the road was temporarily closed as the convoy of the Chinese Defence Minister was passing by.

The suspect has been accused of giving instructions to other motorists and instigating them to object to the road being closed, posing a threat to the VIP convoy, the Police said.

According to the Police, the suspect is a 31-year-old resident of Battaramulla and had been in Australia for 10 years.

The Police Spokesman defended the decision to temporarily close the road when the Chinese VIP convoy was travelling.

DIG Ajith Rohana said that under the Vienna Convention a country has a responsibility to provide security to a foreign diplomat and give him the required facilities.

He said it is also the responsibility of Sri Lanka to provide security to a Defence Minister from a powerful country like China.

“The road was closed at night and it is the responsibility of the Sri Lankan Government to give the Defence Minister protection,” he said.

The Police Spokesman said that the suspect was later released on bail. (Colombo Gazette)