Diplomatic row with Britain over visa-free woman
sudharaka | August 30, 2009 at 05:56 amby
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Sri Lanka on Friday sought an explanation from Britain on how a local passport holder was helped by a High Commission official in Colombo to travel to London without a valid visa.
British High Commissioner Peter Hayes was summoned to the Foreign Office in Colombo on Friday. Foreign Minister Rohita Bogollagama was to convey the Government’s displeasure over the move on the grounds that it had violated local immigration laws.
An official of the British High Commission in Colombo has accompanied the passenger to the airport.
The Sunday Times has learnt that the official, Lorna Crooks, Immigration Liaison Manager of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), enjoying diplomatic status had helped the passenger. She had written to Sri Lankan Airlines that Ms. Krishnapillai would be accompanied by the High Commission’s Migration Delivery Officer, Malcolm Lewis to the airport. This is to facilitate her boarding the flight without any issues.
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