The Sunday Leader

Attempt To Trap Udayanga Through Ukraine Deal

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya

The government is making an attempt to arrest Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, through an agreement with Ukraine, sources said.

According to government sources the path has been set for the police to seek the arrest and deportation of Udayanga Weeratunga from Ukraine.

Weeratunga is wanted in Sri Lanka to be investigated over several allegations, including claims that he had armed Ukraine rebels when he was the Ambassador to Russia and Mahinda Rajapaksa was the President of Sri Lanka.

Udayanga Weeratunga has confirmed on several occasions that he is living in Ukraine and refused to return to Sri Lanka to be investigated over the allegations.

Last week cabinet approval was obtained for Sri Lanka and Ukraine to reach an agreement on dealing with criminal matters.

The government said international mutual legal assistance in criminal matters is becoming increasingly important to combat such crimes.

The Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act No. 25 of 2002 provides for the provisions of assistance by Sri Lanka to foreign countries and regarding criminal matters in those countries and for obtaining similar assistance from such countries to Sri Lanka.

A proposal made by the Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe to enter into an agreement with Ukraine to improve the effectiveness of law enforcement of both parties in the investigation, prosecution and prevention of crime and confiscation of criminal proceeds, was approved by the cabinet last week.

When contacted by The Sunday Leader, Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said arresting Udayanga Weeratunga is a police matter and the government, for its part, is looking to reach an agreement with Ukraine and other countries to work together to deal with crime.

 

 

10 Comments for “Attempt To Trap Udayanga Through Ukraine Deal”

  1. trunket

    There is the interpol. So what is the fuss with a future EU nation.

    Pickpocket Government do you have human rights, human dignity?

    Understand the agreement USA and Swiss have for extradition- so much so that Bush Jr is still afraid to go on a skying holiday as before.

  2. Lima

    BEWARE OF MIN WIJEDASA , HE IS A CROOK AND SUPPORTER OF JARAPAKSA ROBBER REGIME, ALL TRUTH UNEARTHED AS OF NOW , WE THOUGHT HE IS A CLEAN MAN , NOW WE ALL KNOW HE IS RUBBISH. GET THIS UDAYANGA AND HANG HIM UPSIDE DOWN AT MARADANA TECHNICAL JUNCTION OR AT GALL FACE GREEN ALONG WITH ROBBER / MURDER FAMILIES OF JARAPAKSAS

  3. Gobba

    Bunkum, the Yahapalanaya Brokers would ensure that these Rajapaksa team crooks are safe and sound. Why not REVOKE ALL LANKAN PASSPORTS (Diplomatic and normal) that had been surreptitiously issued to this wheeler dealer >

  4. Noor Nizam

    Udayanga Weeratunga may be special for the “Yahapalana Government” to be arrested, even though he is far away in a foreign country. But why is the “Yahapalana Government” which made so many promises and undertaking during the run-up to the Presidential elections and the General elections in 2015 NOT arresting the parliamentarians who have been involved in “MEGA CORRUPTION” who are domiciled in Sri Lanka. Many complaints of corruption of these culprits have been already reported/lodged with the CID, FCID, Presidential Commission to inquire into Large Scale Acts of Fraud and Corruption, Presidential Commission and the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) act against corruption and NO action has been taken as “YET”. The CWE, Ministry of Justice, SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering, ITN, Sri Lanka Transport Board, etc. are some of the important state institutions that are accused of misusing public funds, causing massive losses to the government. It has been proved that these state institutions have allegedly misused millions of public funds. In addition, the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) was accused of allegedly misusing approximately 13 billion Sri Lankan rupees to buy filters, and the investigations on the probe, it is rumoured, has been completed, but has been swept under the carpet due to the involvement of VVIP political interference pointing at the Presidents Office and the PM’s office. Two Ministers of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government who are even now holding important Ministerial portfolios in the “Yahapalna Government”, a Muslim from the North and a Minister by Dental profession who have been requested to report to the FCID more the 10 to 11 times have evaded the inquiries so that, once the time period of these commissions “LAPSE” they can legally and officially claim to be free from such probes. These are some of the reasons why the ordinary masses are so agitated with the present
    “Yahapalana Government” and “FROTHING WILD” with President Maithripala Sirisena. VAT is just a passing cloud, but CORRUPTION is what the citizens WANT ACTION to be taken against immediately.
    Noor Nizam. Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP Stalwart and Convener “The Muslim Voice”.

  5. renu

    Bring hi back . He cannot allowed to roam the world with a diplomatic passport or a Srilankan Passport with all the charges pointing towards him

  6. Candy

    Why did it take so long. All are pretending to do be serious about the matter. Rogues will never be brought to justice by another group of rogues. We must question how Wijedasa Rajapaksa came to own so much wealth during his adult life. His lavish life style (man from Walasmulla, one of the poverty stricken remote area in the south) and Millions he spent on his son’s wedding recently proves he is no different from all the rogues alleged to have squandered our nation’s wealth under different ruses and disguise such as laundering money. Media and the present leaders were not keen on taking investigations on the activities of Wijedasa Rajapaksa, when Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka revealed dubious life lead by Wijedasa with Pictures. Remember picture is worth more than thousand words. This government is not sincere and they are full of bull S..t., All are happily married to corruption.

  7. Dan

    Why did it take so long. All are pretending to do be serious about the matter. Rogues will never be brought to justice by another group of rogues. We must question how Wijedasa Rajapaksa came to own so much wealth during his adult life. His lavish life style (man from Walasmulla, one of the poverty stricken remote area in the south) and Millions he spent on his son’s wedding recently proves he is no different from all the rogues alleged to have squandered our nation’s wealth under different ruses and disguise such as laundering money. Media and the present leaders were not keen on investigating the activities of Wijedasa Rajapaksa, when Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka revealed the dubious life lead by Wijedasa with Pictures. Remember picture is worth a thousand words. This government is not sincere and they are full of bull S..t., All are happily married to corruption.

  8. Wera

    Minister Rajapakshe has no intention of arresting Udayanga. He is Mahinda’s BFF. In fact Udayanga and family were issued new passports with special arrangements under this government.

  9. daggy

    Leave Udayanga alone for the moment.

    Look at Rajitha Senarathna. he has been sent (10) summons to appear before the Bribery commssion.
    The (10)th summons sent him to Mount Elizabeth in S’pore.

    Was Rajitha born with (07) Silver Ocean going vessels ?

  10. මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය
    අපගේ රාජතාන්ත්‍රික ගමන් බලපත්‍ර අවලංගු කර, 2015 මාර්තු 06 දින සාමාන්‍ය ගමන් බලපත් නිකුත් කල බව ආගමන හා විගමන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව පසුගිය සතියේ මාධ්‍ය සඳහා පැහැදිලිව ප්‍රකාශ කර ඇත. ජනාධිපති ලේකම්වරයා 2016 අප්‍රේල් 26 දින SP/4/4 ලිපියෙන් මට දන්වා සිටියේ, අපගේ කන්ටේනරය ලබා නොදීමට හේතුව වන්නේ, රාජතාන්ත්‍රික ගමන් බලපත්‍රය අවලංගු නොකිරීමය. මා විසින් නිසිකලට රාජතාන්ත්‍රික ගමන් බලපත්‍රය අවලංගු කර ඇති බව මෙසේ නැවතත් ඔප්පු වන්නේය. එසේනම් කන්ටේනරය කලට වෙලාවට නිදහස් නොකිරීම හේතු කොට ගෙන, දැනට ගෙවිය යුතු සියලුම ගෙවීමේ සඳහා වගකීම් භාර ගත යුත්තේ චිත්‍රාංගනි වාගීස්වර ලේකම්තුමිය ප්‍රධාන විදේශ කටයුතු අමත්‍යාංශයේ වගකිව යුතු නිලධාරීන්ය. එබැවින් එම මුදල් විදේශ කටයුතු අමත්‍යාංශය විසින් ගෙවා කන්ටේනරය නිදහස් කල යුතුය.
    රුසියාවේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා තනාපති කාර්යාලයේ පණිවිඩකරුවකු ලෙස සේවය කල නොයෙල් රණවීර මහතාගේ මරණය පිළිබඳ රුසියානු උසාවියයේ නඩු වාර්තාව, විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශ වෙත ලැබී ඇති බැවින්, ඒ පිළිබඳ වහාම මාධ්‍ය දැණුවත් කළයුතු බව තරයේ පෙන්වා දෙමි.
    මා යුක්රේනයේ බෙදුම්වාදී කැරළිකරුවන්ට ආයුධ සැපයූ බවට ලංකා රජය කරන චෝදනාව සම්පුර්ණ අසත්‍ය බව ඉන්දියාවේ යුක්රේනියානු තනාපති කාර්යාලය පසුගිය දින මාධ්‍ය වෙත ප්‍රකාශ කිරීමෙන්, යහපාලනය දේශපාලකයන්ගේ තවත් මුසාවක් එළිවිය. තවද එදා මා විසින් ආරම්භ කරන ලද දෙරටේ ද්විපාර්ශ්වික නීතිමය ගිවිසුමක් සඳහා කැබිනට් අනුමැතිය ලැබී ඇත්තේ අප දෙරටේ අන්‍යෝන්‍ය සහයෝගීතාව තර කිරීමටය. මා වසර 31 ජිවත් වූ යුක්රේනියාවෙන් නෙරපාලීමට එම ගිවිසුම මගින් යම් එකගතාවයකට පැමිණ ඇති බවට රජය කියන්නේ තවත් බොළඳ මුසාවකි.
    උදයාංග වීරතුංග
    රුසියාවේ හිටපු ශ්‍රී ලංකා තානාපති.

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