Gunaratnam abduction, a farce -Object-to target SL in international fora
Posted on April 11th, 2012

Sri Lanka News

Frontline Socialist Party leader Premakumar Gunaratnam who is alleged to have been abducted by the state reappeared yesterday morning and in fact was deported from Sri Lanka because his stay in the country was in breach of Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s immigration laws and therefore illegal. Ms Dimuthu Attygalle who similarly is said to have been abducted had also reappeared.The objective of this is clearly to target Sri Lnaka in international fora on the flimsiest of evidence.

The ministry of External Affairs emphasized to the diplomatic community the following aspects of the situation :

(a) It appears that Premkumar Gunaratnam has changed his name three times. The first name, Wanninayake Mudiyanselage Daskon, appears in his marriage certificate. A different name, Rathnayake Mudiyanselage Dayalal, is used in the passport which he obtained from this country. Yet another name, Noel Mudalige, was used when he obtained the Australian passport which he produced on his arrival in Sri Lanka on September 4, 2011.

(b) Other circumstances relating to his previous history, which are clearly relevant in assessing the credibility of his statements, will be communicated to the Australian High Commission in Colombo. These are circumstances which have come to light in the course of detailed interrogation by the Police, who have questioned Gunaratnam and members of his family.

(c) There are many features relating to the alleged abduction which throw considerable doubt on the reliability and trustworthiness of the version of the events which have been released to the media. For example, the abduction of Gunaratnam is alleged to have occurred at 4.00 am on April 7, 2012. A complaint to the Police in this regard was made only at 4.10 pm in the afternoon. There was a lapse of 12 hours.

(d) With regard to Dimuthu Attygalle, the abduction was alleged to have taken place at 8.00 pm on April 6, 2012. However, the complaint with regard to this matter was made to the Police only at 3.35 pm on the following day, April 7, 2012. The interval was therefore almost a full day. It is quite obvious that a genuine abduction would have been reported to the Police far more swiftly.

(e) The story of Gunaratnam stands entirely on its own without corroboration in any manner whatsoever. It suffers from a series of infirmities which significantly detract from its credibility. For example, although there is clear evidence that elaborate arrangements were made by his political group in respect of his security, which had been entrusted in particular to a definite person, it is claimed that at the time of the alleged abduction, he was occupying a room in the upstair portion of a partly constructed house, which had not been inhabited for a long period.

(f) GunaratnamƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s wife who made several public statements about his alleged abduction, had stated categorically to the Police that she had not lived with her husband since November 7, 2006 and had no knowledge of his whereabouts.

(g) It is quite clear that Gunaratnam was staying in this country illegally for more than five months. His visa had expired five months ago.

(h) It is evident even at a glance that there are significant discrepancies between the versions of Gunaratnam and Attygalle.

The External Affairs Ministry wishes to state that, while the government is responsive to constructive criticism, it is important that allegations of a volatile nature should be based on facts properly ascertained and objectively assessed. Whenever a person chooses to withdraw from the community for personal reasons, or with the deliberate intention of causing embarrassment to the government, it is grossly unfair to arrive at the conclusion that there has been an abduction and to point a finger at the State.

This has happened on many occasions and now seems to reflect a recurring pattern. The objective of this is clearly to target Sri Lanka in international fora on the flimsiest of evidence. What is lacking by way of evidence seems to be amply compensated by emotion, surmise and invective. The government asks nothing more than that objectivity and basic fairness should be the criteria governing reactions to these irresponsible and malicious campaigns.


6 Responses to “Gunaratnam abduction, a farce -Object-to target SL in international fora”

  1. Marco Says:

    It is evident even at a glance (sic) that there are significant discrepancies between the versions of the External Ministry statements and public statements given by the Secretary of Defense.

    However, i do love the last paragraph though, its a classic one to be treasured.
    Bell Pottinger eat your heart out!

  2. Lorenzo Says:


    “Gunaratnam’s wife who made several public statements about his alleged abduction, had stated categorically to the Police that she had not lived with her husband since November 7, 2006 and had no knowledge of his whereabouts.”


    Noel Mudalige.

    Birds of feathers flock together!

    Killing 14 IPKF soldiers according to the Hindu (not a SL newspaper) with Premadasa is classic. Not difficult to see where this is heading to. Premadasa I hear? Which one?

  3. Kit Athul Says:

    Lorenzo, at last you can see the light, but no body else. If Noel Mudalige killed 14 IPKF soldiers, then PRAMADASA would, certainly have given him the SL passport and money (in millions) to go and settle safely in Australia Now which one? Certainly not the Son, but Pramadase who got blown up. Pramadase was the head of two units, one LTTE and the other JVP. He had monthly meetings with both sections at the SUCHARITHA MUDDUKUWA. Now can’t you see this Noel Mudalige was the head of JVP killers that reported to Pramadase! His son is nobody, but having said that; he has a stone throwing unit at a Pramadase tea estate where trains them daily to throw stones. He brings them to meetings where he speaks.

    Marco, try to find out where did the Australians go to find him and who informed them of his whereabouts.? Where did he satay from September 4th 2011 untill his departure? Who gave him money, food and a comfortable house to stay? INDIAN RAW AGENTS! And who are these agents, some may be inside the Rajapakse Administration! MR might not know this!

  4. Dham Says:


    This is the problem with our Government.
    If an India overstayed in Singapore more than 1 month, he will get 3 strokes of cane to his brain and then would hav ebeen deported. What law and order we have ? We fed him with masala thosai and sent him to Australia !

  5. Dham Says:

    missed out “n” in Indian

  6. jay-ran Says:


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