Nov 02, 2017

Attempted white van abduction targets corruption witness Featured

An attempted white van abduction targeted a witness to a revelation of corruption at the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE), according to a complaint received by the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission (SLHRC).

The head of police unit of the SLBFE has now been ordered to appear before courts.

IT writer Dinindu Ranasinghe was threatened in that manner after he submitted a report to the Bribery Commission alleging the irregularity in granting approval for the family background reports when Bureau sent more than 3,000 persons overseas.

As the SLBFE has not acted on a complaint, Ranasinghe had gone to the SLHRC and given evidence.

Copies of a picture of the white van that came to abduct him have been given to the SLHRC and the Kaduwela courts.

Guarantee safety of the witness

Sri Lanka Human Rights Centre’s executive director Keerthi Tennakoon has written to the SLHRC asking that the safety of the witness be guaranteed.

After considering an anticipatory bail application for Ranasinghe, Kaduwela magistrate Prasanna Alwis ordered the OIC of SLBFE’s police unit and the Thalangama police OIC to appear before him on November 07.

A group in a white van came to Ranasinghe’s home in Gampaha on October 27.

Earlier in the day, he went to the SLBFE for an inquiry, but was turned back by its police unit.

Ranasinghe is in hiding over safety fears.

He has informed courts that his family members were getting phone calls from unknown persons seeking his whereabouts.

His lawyer Ruwan Uduwela said foreign employment minister Thalatha Athukorale too, has been informed of this situation.