It is reported that a group of government officials are getting ready to go to Dubai to have Makandure Madush extradited to Sri Lanka. Similarly, a group of government officials once went to Dubai to have the main suspect of the infamous MIG aircraft deal Udayanga Weeratunga extradited.
In addition to officials of the Attorney General’s Department who went to Dubai the last time, representatives of the Special Task Force (STF) and the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) are also reportedly preparing to join this tour.
Sri Lankan officials who went to Dubai to have Udayanga Weeratunga extradited came back empty-handed. Even today, Udayanga thrives in Dubai. The only thing that happened was wasting public funds, which might happen again.
If underworld leader Makandure Madush is to be handed over to Sri Lanka, first of all, the Dubai Police that arrested him is required to consult the police unit that handles international affairs. That unit thereafter must inform the Interpol of it, and subsequently the Interpol will deal with Sri Lanka.
But so far none of those has happened. In this context, sending a group of government officials to Dubai would be equal to giving them a fully-paid trip with first class air tickets, luxurious hotel rooms and the chance to go shopping. That’s what happened in Udayanga’s case.
If they have a true intention of having Makandure Madush extradited, what they must do is preparing proper extradition papers.