Udayanga Weeratunga expected to return to Sri Lanka soon

An Interpol warrant had been issued for Weeratunga’s arrest over ongoing investigations into the controversial MiG aircraft deal. The Supreme Court had in May rejected a petition filed by Weeratunga against his arrest warrant and restrictions on his bank accounts.Weeratunga was recently detained in Dubai but the authorities refused to hand him over to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga is expected to return to Sri Lanka soon.An organisation backed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to file a motion in court tomorrow seeking an order against arresting Weeratunga on his return. The authorities in Dubai had arrested Weeratunga based on investigations and submissions made by the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID). (Colombo Gazette)Report by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Nalin Nissanka, who is part of the organisation said that lawyers who are part of the organisation will appear on behalf of Weeratunga in court. read more

No parliamentary sitting tomorrow

Government has not initiated steps to have a sitting of the National Assembly tomorrow (April 11, 2019), as was announced by Minister of State Joseph Harmon last month.This would have been the coalition government’s much anticipated return to the National Assembly following the Appeal Court’s ruling that the Opposition’s no-confidence motion was invalidly pass in the House on December 21, 2018.Harmon had announced that the sitting would deal with the release of monies to the Guyana Elections Commission to prepare for elections.However, the National Assembly’s Clerk, Sherlock Isaacs, explained that his Office was not formally informed by government of any sitting set for Thursday’s date, hence no preparations were made.Efforts to contact both Government’s Chief Whip Amna Ally and Government’s spokesperson Minister Harmon on this issue were futile.The last sitting of the National Assembly was on January 3, when House Speaker Dr Barton Scotland refused a request by government to reverse the passage of the no-confidence motion.Government then moved to the High Court, where they were once again unsuccessful. A subsequent approach to the Court of Appeal resulted in a 2:1 majority decision that the motion needed an absolute majority of 34 votes and not a simple majority of 33 to be valid.The PPP opposition has since appealed this ruling at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which has set May 10 for arguments on the matters. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLocal Gov’t Minister dodges question on his absence at last sitting of Nat’l AssemblyAugust 6, 2013In “latest news”APNU unsure of support to amending Hyro Act, to meet with President Ramotar to discuss way forwardJuly 16, 2013In “Local News”Still no date for first sitting of the National AssemblyOctober 15, 2014In “Politics” read more