Although no mention has been made so far concerning the officials who are conducting the probe on Chris Nonis‘ assault, the proceedings seem to be heading in an interesting direction according to the details that have been partially revealed by Media Minister and Government Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella.
During a cabinet press briefing on Friday, Rambukwella had stated that preliminary investigations have revealed that there had been no assault on Sri Lanka’s former High Commissioner to the UK, Chris Nonis. According to him this fact has been confirmed through the statements given by External Affairs Ministry Monitoring MP Sajin de Vass Gunewardena, who has been accused of mercilessly assaulting Nonis on September 24 during a gathering in New Jersey and EAM Secretary, Kshenuka Senewiratne who is a staunch supporter of Sajin.
Meanwhile Rambukwella had gone on to state that Nonis had not even been invited to the gathering where the assault took place, which was held at the New Jersey residence of Dilan Ariyawansa – Sri Lankan Airlines representative in New York and that the host has stated that Nonis was ‘welcomed in’ only because he visited Ariyawansa’s residence that evening.
Despite the appalling nature of the incident and the shame that befell Sri Lanka when the slapping incident was reported (despite President Rajapaksa‘s attempts to keep it in the dark), the EAM has been remaining silent on the matter. This deafening silence by the EAM has been heavily criticized in the Sunday Times editorial today which has pointed out that incident is ‘a reflection of the depths to which Sri Lanka’s diplomatic corps and the External Affairs Ministry (EAM) have sunk’.
Meanwhile, it has also been reported in Sunday Times that two officials of the EAM have been relieved of their duties with immediate effect since September 28 under instructions by Sajin, as a result of circulating an email that criticizes him. The two officials in question are – former DG of Economic Affairs PM Amza and Prasanna Gamage who was attached to the SAARC Secretariat. CID officials had been called into investigate the email that has been critical of Sajin, who had ordered the sacking of the two officials in question all the way from New York.