Makandure Madush – ‘Next Dubai Joke’?

Makandure Madush – ‘Next Dubai Joke’?

6 February 2019 09:55 am

Infamous underworld leader and drug trafficker Makandure Madush was arrested yesterday (5) in Dubai by the Dubai police. The arrest took place based on information provided by Sri Lanka’s State Intelligence Unit and Police Special Task Force.

This is the third occasion the Dubai police apprehended a criminal wanted by Sri Lanka. Firstly, the mastermind of South Asia’s biggest VAT income fraud Mohamed Kuthubdeen, and secondly, the prime suspect of the infamous MIG aircraft deal Udayanga Weeratunga, were arrested.

However, Sri Lanka’s law enforcement agencies didn’t succeed in having any of them sent to Sri Lanka.

Especially when Udayanga Weeratunga was arrested, although highest-ranking officials of the Attorney General’s Department and the Police Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) went to Dubai to have him sent to Sri Lanka under the Extradition Law, they returned empty-handed. What actually happened was these officials going to Dubai spending millions of state funds for first class flights and expensive hotel rooms.

Eventually, extradition documents required to have Udayanga Weeratunga sent back to Sri Lanka were found in one of former Defense Secretary’s drawers. Lanka News Web exposed it. The Attorney General’s Department and the FCID kept putting the blame on the former Defense Secretary and vice versa, and ultimately nothing significant happened.

Also, earlier we reported that there is an extradition treaty inked by Prof. G.L. Peiris, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. According to the treaty, although Sri Lanka is bound to hand over suspects wanted by the UAE, the UAE is not bound to do the same. What an agreement!

Hence, there is a high possibility that Makandure Madush may be held in Dubai.

When Udayanga Weeratunga was arrested, certain officials of the Attorney General’s Department had letters stating that only they hold the power to take action. High-ranking officers might do the same again in Makandure Madush’s case, some may claim the credit for the arrest of Madush, and ultimately, nothing will happen.

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