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Sri Lankan Ambassador sends a Sri Lankan to Jail in Oman.
Mr. Ansar had taken such exception to this factual statement that he had complained to the Omani authorities that Mr. Kamalanadan is a 'threat to his life'. Responding to this very serious allegation made by no lesser person than an ambassador of a state, the Omani police arrested Mr. Kamalanadan and held in prison.
It is said that the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs had come to know about the incident only after some Sri Lankans in Oman had informed the Ministry about it. Henceforth the ambassador had been ordered by the Ministry to get Mr. Kamalanadan released immediately.
That is,if a Sri Lankan in Oman expresses a view not in line with the ambassador's, he or she could be sent to jail! Furthermore, what would the Omani government make out of this. ? Would not they doubt the bona fides of Sri Lankan ambassadors sent to Oman.
They are quite reasonable to think so since Mr. Ansar himself is supposed to have got his complaint withdrawn from the police in order to get Mr. Kamalanadan released. If Mr. Ansar was certain about his allegation agaisnst Mr. Kamalanadan he should not have got it withdrawn.
On the contrary, if he was not certain, why did he charge him with such a serious offence and got him imprisoned. Since Mr.Kamalanadan has no charge against him, is not Mr. Ansar, stripped of his diplomatic immunity, liable to be prosecuted for false imprisonment ?
It is a frequently heard complaint that innocent Tamils are taken into custody as suspected terrorists. Hence it is sad to think that this very incident might be used by politically motivated individuals to embarrass the government. It is therefore very important that the government must think twice before deciding to send an individual as a diplomat to a foreign country.
The government must be careful in particular not to send people of Mr. Ansar's type who choose to act carte blanche.
This is seen by many as a subtle tactic adopted by him to impress our government and the Buddhists in Oman, particularly in order to clean his image which he himself got blemished by acting in a deplorable manner as the patron of the Sri Lankan School in Oman even before the 'Kamalanadan affair'.
We Buddhists would be extremely happy to have as many monks as possible for not only for Wesak but also for all Poyas in Oman. Could we do this in an extremely strict Islamic country ? We should be extremely grateful to the government and people of Oman for allowing us to practise whatever religion we belong to.
However, if we misuse this kindness, we might even lose that privilege altogether. In addition to getting innocent Sri Lankan citizens imprisoned, Mr. Ansar as the Sri Lankan ambassador in Oman, will most probably also deprive Buddhists in Oman this privilege so kindly given to them by Omani people.
On behalf of the Sri Lankans in Oman
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