Written by Staff Writer
21 Jun, 2015 | 8:53 pm
Issuing a press release on Sunday, June 21, former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga denied supplying weapons to Ukrainian rebels and denied responsibility for the death of Noel Ranaweera, an employee of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia.
The former Ambassador to Russia said that he has no intention of coming back to Sri Lanka at this time because members of the government he served are being “subjected to harassment and victimisation by the present government.”
He added that the story that he had supplied arms to separatist rebels in Ukraine and that president Petro Poroshenko’s government had complained to the Sri Lankan foreign ministry about him is a complete lie, citing that he is in possession of a certificate issued by the Internal Affairs Ministry of Ukraine dated April 1, 2015 bearing No. 668588 to the effect that he is not being investigated for any crime within Ukraine.
In his release, Weeratunga notes that the Ukrainian Ambassador in India, who is also accredited to Sri Lanka, has informed foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera and foreign secretary Chitranganie Wagiswara that this allegation against him is false.
Udayanga Weeratunga goes on to say that allegations that he was responsible for the death of Noel Ranaweera an employee of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia is another fabrication. He said Ranaweera died after being run over by a lorry driven by a Russian citizen on the June 11, 2014 adding that the incident has been recorded on CCTV cameras, and that there is a criminal investigation and court proceedings against the driver of the vehicle.
In his release, the former ambassador of Sri Lanka to Russia goes onto claim that he is currently living in Ukraine’s capital Kiev, and that if he had been supplying arms to rebels fighting the Ukrainian government, he would not be able to live there.
He announced that documents issued by the Ukrainian and Russian authorities in relation to these matters will be e-mailed to all media organisations separately.
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