Russian Embassy responds to ownership claims over land purchased for new Complex (Video)

Russian Embassy responds to ownership claims over land purchased for new Complex (Video)

Written by Lahiru Fernando

06 Feb, 2015 | 10:45 pm

The members of the Voice Against Corruption movement, inspected a plot of land on Bauddhaloka Mawatha in  Colombo on Thursday.

They speculate that suspicions have arisen pertaining to the ownership of the land on which the Russian Embassy Complex is being built.

Meanwhile, Issuing a communique the Russian Embassy had noted that the land was purchased from the State in order to build the Embassy Complex.

The members of the Voice Against Corruption movement arrived at the construction site at No. 404, Baudaloka Mawatha, Colombo, accompanied by a woman who claims to the be the rightful owner of the land in question.

Shenaz Begum stated that the land in question is their private land and that they were not informed of the building that is being constructed there.

Shenaz further added that they have the original deed to the land and alleged that Minister Mervyn Silva and an underworld leader was involved.

The group entered the premises despite being denied permission, which sparked a tense situation resulting in the Borella Police being called in.

JVP Councillor, Western PC, Attorney-at-Law Sunil Watagala stated that as per lands laws in the country, as per acquisition laws in the country, no one has acquired lands more than 4 1/2 acres in size.

Wasantha Samarasinghe, Convener of the Voice Against Corruption said that the rightful owners have come to them with the all files that verify their ownership. And added that the Voice Against Corruption is present to verify who the rightful owners are.

Meanwhile, the Russian Embassy issued a communique clarifying the matter.

The embassy notes that the land is being used to build the new complex of the Embassy of the Russian Federation.

The communique goes on to note that the new complex of the Russian Embassy in Sri Lanka which is being built at No. 404, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, was attacked by an aggressive crowd.

The communique also notes that the Russian Embassy had acquired the land from the Sri Lankan government as per deed 2846 signed on  March 26, 1986.

The communique goes on to note that the diplomatic status of the property has never been disputed or violated before.

The Embassy has requested the ministry of foreign affairs, to take relevant measures necessary to avoid such incidents in the future.

The Russian Embassy also submitted to News1st a copy of a document purported to be the deed for the plot of land in question.

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