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Sri Lanka rejects responsibility over alleged abductions

(Xinhua)

08:16, April 11, 2012

COLOMBO, April 10 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan government on Tuesday wrote to the diplomatic missions and UN agencies based in Colombo rejecting any involvement in the alleged abduction of two political activists.

A statement by the External Affairs Ministry said that following the alleged abduction of political activist Premkumar Gunaratnam and Dimuthu Atygalle there was an attempt to point fingers at the government.

The diplomatic missions and UN agencies were told by the External Affairs Ministry in the statement that it has now become a recurring pattern to blame the government for any alleged abduction.

Premkumar Gunaratnam and Dimuthu Atygalle were both reported missing over the weekend and were believed to have been abducted.

Gunaratnam, who holds an Australian passport, re-appeared on Monday night and after his statement was recorded by the police he was deported to Australia on Tuesday.

Attygalle, meanwhile, also re-appeared on Tuesday afternoon and was to later brief the media on her alleged abduction.

The family members of Gunaratnam who are in Australia had blamed the Sri Lankan government for the abduction.

However, the External Affairs Ministry said that allegations of volatile nature should be based on facts properly ascertained and objectively assessed.

The ministry said that investigations found that Gunaratnam had changed his name three times and overstayed his visa by more than five months.

The External Affairs Ministry also said that there were several discrepancies on the statements made by Gunaratnam and Attygalle regarding their abduction.

The government also questioned the decision by family members of both political activists to lodge police complaints several hours after they were allegedly abducted and not sooner.

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