By Colombo Telegraph –
“The Immigration and Emigration imposed a fine on the Australian national for overstaying his visa, though he didn’t pay the fine claiming he didn’t have money. In fact, we never deported him. He wanted to leave the country. He could have stayed back after paying the fine but he decided to leave the country.” Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told The Sunday Island.
After returning to Australia, Premakumar Gunaratnam alleged that he was handcuffed, blindfolded and physically and sexually tortured during his three day detention. The Defence Secretary told The Sunday Island that the police recorded Noel Mudalige’s statement in the presence of Australian HC Mudie at the CCD headquarters, at Dematagoda. Mudalige could have made that allegation in the Australian HC’s presence.