UNP wants impartial probe into ‘assault’ on Nonis by govt. MP


by Zacki Jabbar

The UNP yesterday called for an impartial inquiry into the alleged assault on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the UK Chris Nonis by a powerful government politician during a recent event in New York.

Senior Vice Chairman of the UNP Lakshman Kirielle, addressing a news conference in Colombo, said that never in Sri Lanka’s history had a High Commissioner been attacked in the presence of the leader of the country.

He said a ruling party MP had slapped Dr. Chris Nonis in the presence of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, other Sri Lankan officials and many foreign nationals,  but no action had been taken, MP Kirielle said. Going by the history of the UPFA government it would be a miracle if the assailant was punished, Kirielle observed.

He said that the intimidation and thuggery practiced by the current crop of rulers within their own country had been displayed abroad as well by giving the international community a first hand view of how they conducted themselves.

Even the worst criminal, would have restrained himself when in a foreign country and that, too, in the presence of an educated gathering, but the MP concerned had thrown caution to the winds and displayed his true nature to the world, MP Kirielle said.

Amidst strong speculation that Nonis had resigned as High Commissioner, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella on Tuesday denied it, adding "Our High Commissioner in the UK is still with us".

When Dr. Nonis was contacted over the telephone by this newspaper on Tuesday night, for comment on he alleged resignation Dr. Nonis replied:"No Comment".

Asked if he was back in the UK, Dr. Nonis said "Yes, but I do not want to talk about the incident".

animated gif
Processing Request
Please Wait...