Former SL Ambassador Weeratunga accused of arms-trafficking (Watch Video)

Former SL Ambassador Weeratunga accused of arms-trafficking (Watch Video)

Written by Lahiru Fernando

23 Mar, 2015 | 10:15 pm

Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera says the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, has made a complaint to the Foreign Ministry, that Udayanga Weeratunga, had engaged in arms deals while serving as the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia.

The Deputy Minister noted that the Ukrainian President claims in his complaint that Weeratunga had supplied weapons to Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine, while serving as Ambassador.

Weeratunga, served as Ambassador to Russia since 2006, until he was recalled by the new government.

Deputy Minister Ajith Perera speaking to News1st stated that an investigation is underway into the conduct of the former ambassador. The minister also revealed that Weeratunga had been close to the Rajapaksa family.

The Pro-Russian rebels, whom Udayanga Weeratunga is accused of supplying weapons to, are fighting for a separate state in regions of Eastern Ukraine, including Donetsk.

Foreign media reports indicate that close to 6,000 people have already lost their lives to the conflict.

Incidentally,  the same pro-Russian rebels who have been accused of downing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17, on July 17, last year. All 298 people on board were killed.

Meanwhile, the family of Noel Ranaweera, an employee of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia, who passed away on the 11th of July 11 last year during Udayanga Weeratunga’s tenure as Ambassador, have raised suspicions regarding the circumstances of his death.

The death certificate cites the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the chest caused by being hit by a vehicle.The deceased, Noel Ranaweera, served as a translator at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia.

According to his family, Ranaweera had been working in Ukraine, prior to receiving the posting at the Embassy in Russia, due to his close ties with Udayanga Weeratunga.

The sister of the victim speaking to News1st noted that the Ambassador had operated a joint account with the victim, she added that the account has now been deactivated.

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